About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? Erected between 1907 and 1908.
What is it made out of? Foundation: Concrete. Monument: Polished red Jonesboro Granite. Plaque: Bronze.
What size is it? 24 by 50 inches and 7 feet high.
Who made it? Van Armitage Granite Company
What does it depict? One of 45 monuments erected to units of the United States regular army on the battlefield. A red polished Jonesboro granite monolith that is set upon a concrete foundation with a descriptive 3’6′x3’7′ bronze tablet with the coat of arms of the United States in bronze.
What does it honor? Honors US Regulars who served in Corps of Engineers; duties included building bridges, transporting pontoons, and other engineering feats during the Campaign from June 13th-July 18th, 1863.
How is it inscribed? This monument is inscribed,
ARMY OF THE POTOMAC
UNITED STATES BATTALION OF ENGINEERS
Capt. George H. Mendell Commanding
With the Army of the Potomac in the Gettysburg Campaign from the Rappahannock to the Potomac and engaged in arduous duties from June 13th to July 18th bridging rivers and transporting pontoons.
No casualties reported.
When was this photograph taken? September 3, 2007.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Located on Pleasonton Avenue, West of Hummelbaugh Buildings.
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? No.
Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been moved or materially altered.
The 1st Battalion, United States Engineers served as a member of Benham’s Brigade of the Army of the Potomac.
Commander: Capt. George H. Mendell (1831-1902). USMA 1852. Native of Pennsylvania. Post-war served in regular army and as a civil engineer in San Fransisco, California.
Number Engaged: Not present at Gettysburg, but participated in the Campaign.
Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:
Attached to Engineer Brigade, Army Potomac, all through. Participated in the following service: Duty in the Defenses of Washington until March, 1862. Peninsula Campaign April to August, 1862. Siege of Yorktown April 5-May 4. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Battles of Mechanicsville June 26; Gaines’ Mill June 27; Turkey Bridge June 30; Malvern Hill July 1; Antietam, Md., September 16-17. Fredericksburg, Va., “Mud March,” January 20-24, 1863. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1-4. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Rapidan Campaign May 4-June 12. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Spotsylvania Court House May 8-21. North Anna River May 22-26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Fall of Petersburg April 2.
United States Regular Army at Gettysburg
Infantry Units :: 2nd Infantry :: 3rd Infantry :: 4th Infantry :: 6th Infantry :: 7th Infantry :: 8th Infantry :: 10th Infantry :: 11th Infantry :: 12th Infantry :: 14th Infantry :: 17th Infantry :: Artillery Units :: 1st Artillery E&G :: 1st Artillery H :: 1st Artillery I :: 1st Artillery K :: 2nd Artillery A :: 2nd Artillery D :: 2nd Artillery G :: 2nd Artillery B&L :: 2nd Artillery M :: 3rd Artillery C :: 3rd Artillery F&K :: 4th Artillery A :: 4th Artillery B :: 4th Artillery C :: 4th Artillery E :: 4th Artillery F :: 4th Artillery G :: 4th Artillery K :: 5th Artillery C :: 5th Artillery D :: 5th Artillery F :: 5th Artillery I :: 5th Artillery K :: Cavalry Units :: 1st Cavalry :: 2nd Cavalry :: 5th Cavalry :: 6th Cavalry :: Other Units :: Engineer Battalion :: Signal Corps