The Forty-Fifth New York Infantry is honored by a monument and a position stone at Gettysburg.
About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? Oct. 10, 1888.
What is it made out of? Sculpture: Concord granite with bronze elements; Base: granite.
What size is it? Sculpture: approx. H. 16 ft.; Base: approx. W. 6 ft. x D. 6 ft.
Who made it? Burberl, Caspar, 1834-1899, sculptor. New England Monument Company, fabricator.
What does it depict? Obelisk stands on a pedestal and rough-hewn base. There are reliefs of the crescent corps insignia on the upper front and rear sides of the obelisk. A large relief grouping, which includes the New York state seal, wreaths, muskets, bugle, and other accouterments, is affixed to the front of the obelisk. Flanking markers are one foot square. The bronze work was designed and executed by Casper Buberl.
What does it honor? The monument marks the position held by the 45th New York Infantry from about noon until forced to withdraw at about 4:00 on July 1, 1863.
How is it inscribed? 45TH N.Y. INFANTRY./1ST BRIG. 3RD DIV./11TH CORPS./JULY 1, 1863
When was this photograph taken? June 6, 2010.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, West Howard Avenue, east of Mummasburg Road, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Located on Howard Avenue 100 yards east of Mummasburg Road.
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? Located on extended tour route that includes Barlow’s Knoll.
Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been changed or materially altered.
Secondary Monuments and Markers
Photographed: November 15, 2009.
Location: McLean Farm Lane. The position marker is located on the east side of McLean farm lane. The position of this marker is denoted on the map above by a RED pushpin.
Description: Stone position marker denotes the advance position of the 45th New York Infantry.
The 45th New York Infantry was also known as Howe’s Rifles. During the battle of Gettysburg, it served as a member of Schimmelfenning’s Brigade in Schurz’s Division of the Eleventh Corps, Army of the Potomac.
Commander: Col. George K.H.W. von Amsberg (1821-1876). Riding master in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Number Engaged: 447
Casualties: 11 killed, 35 wounded, 178 missing
Soldiers Buried in the New York Plot of the Gettysburg National Cemetery:
- Pvt. John J. Beck, Company D, D-22
After Action Report: After Action Report of Lieut. Col. Adolphus Dobke (will open a pop up window).
Medal of Honor Winners: IRSCH, FRANCIS. Rank and organization: Captain, Company D, 45th New York Infantry. Place and date: At Gettysburg, Pa., 1 July 1863. Entered service at: New York, N.Y. Birth:——. Date of issue: 27 May 1892. Citation: Gallantry in flanking the enemy and capturing a number of prisoners and in holding a part of the town against heavy odds while the Army was rallying on Cemetery Hill.
Raised: New York City
Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:
Organized at New York City and mustered in September 9, 1861. Left State for Washington, D.C., October 9. Attached to Stahl’s Brigade, Blenker’s Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. Stahl’s Brigade, Blenker’s Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to April, 1862. Stahl’s 1st Brigade, Blenker’s Division, Dept. of the Mountains, to June, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Corps, Pope’s Army of Virginia, to September, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 11th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to June, 1863. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 11th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to October, 1863, and Army of the Cumberland, to April, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 20th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to July, 1864. Unassigned, 4th Division, 20th Army Corps, to November, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 20th Army Corps, Dept. of the Cumberland, to March, 1865. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, District of Nashville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to June, 1865.
SERVICE.–Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., until April, 1862. Annandale Church, Va., December 2, 1861. Operations in the Shenandoah Valley May to August, 1862. Battle of Cross Keys June 8. At Sperryville and Centreville until August. Outpost duty at Madison Court House July 28. Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia August 16-September 2. Fords of the Rappahannock August 20-23. Battles of Groveton August 29; Bull Run August 30. Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D.C., until December. Reconnaissance to Snicker’s Ferry and Berryville November 28-30. March to Fredericksburg, Va., December 10-15. Duty at Falmouth and Brooks’ Station until April, 1863. “Mud March” January 20-24. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1-3. Duty near Bristoe Station until September. Movement to Bridgeport, Ala., September 24-October 3. Reconnaissance from Bridgeport to Trenton October 20. March along Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad to Lookout Valley, Tenn., October 25-28. Reopening Tennessee River October 26-29. Battle of Wauhatchie, Tenn., October 28-29. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Orchard Knob November 23. Tunnel Hill November 24-25. Mission Ridge November 25. March to relief of Knoxville November 28-December 17. Duty in Lookout Valley until May, 1864. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1-July 6. Demonstrations on Rocky Faced Ridge and Dalton May 5-13. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Near Cassville May 19. Advance on Dallas May 22-25. Battle of New Hope Church May 25. Battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 26-June 4. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Mountain June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Gilgal or Golgotha Church June 15. Muddy Creek June 17. Noyes Creek June 19. Kolb’s Farm June 22. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff’s Station, Smyrna Camp Ground, July 4. Ordered to Nashville, Tenn., July 6, and duty there until June, 1865. Battles of Nashville December 15-16, 1864. Consolidated with 58th Regiment New York Infantry June 30, 1865. Regiment lost during service 5 Officers and 42 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 106 Enlisted men by disease. Total 154.
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