About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? Oct. 3, 1888.
What is it made out of? Granite; Relief plaque: bronze.
What size is it? Approx. 16 ft. 4 in. x 8 ft. 5 in. x 7 ft. 5 in.
Who made it? Buberl, Caspar, 1834-1899, sculptor.
What does it depict? A square granite monument topped with a trefoil is adorned on the front with a bronze relief plaque featuring a bust of General Eliakim Sherrill. Above the portrait is a circular bronze plaque depicting the state seal. Monument is a polished stepped granite stone shaft with a pyramidal cap that has a trefoil finial and set on a 8.5×7.5 foot stepped base. The shaft has an excised inscription, bronze portrait bas-relief of the regimental commander, medallion, and tablets. Overall height is 16.4 feet. Flanking markers are one foot square.
What does it honor? The monument is located on the position occupied by the 126th New York on July 3, 1863. The monument is said to sit at the spot where Sherrill fell mortally wounded while helping to repulse Pickett’s Charge.
How is it inscribed? 126TH NEW YORK/INFANTRY/3RD BRIG. 3RD DIV./2ND CROPS/JULY 3D 1863
When was this photograph taken? June 4, 2011.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Ziegler’s Grove, North Hancock Avenue, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Located on the east side of Hancock Avenue in Ziegler’s Grove.
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? Yes.
Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been moved or materially altered.
Commander: Col. Eliakim Sherill (1813-1863). Farmer from Geneva; member of U.S. Congress 1847-1849. Wounded at South Mountain. Mortally wound at Gettysburg on July 3. Died the following day.
Number Engaged: 511
Casualties: 40 killed, 181 wounded, 10 missing.
Officers Killed at Gettysburg:
- Captain Orin J. Herendeen, Company H, aged 27 of Geneva, killed on July 3
- 2nd Lieutenant Rufus P. Holmes, Company G, aged 30, of Seneca, killed on July 3, buried in National Cemetery at B-34
- 1st Lieutenant Jacob Sherman, Company E, aged 35, of Geneva, mortally wounded on July 3
- Colonel Eilakim Sherill, Field Officer, aged 50, of Geneva, mortally wounded on July 3
- Captain Isaac Shimer, Company F, aged 38, of Geneva, killed on July 3
- Captain Charles M. Wheeler, Company K, aged 26, of Geneva, killed on July 3
Soldiers Buried in the New York Plot of the Gettysburg National Cemetery:
- Pvt. Abraham C. Cadmus, Company I, G-78
- Pvt. Daniel Day, Company G, G-90
- Sgt. Charles H. Farnsworth, Company G, D-56
- Pvt. Mortimer Garrison, Company B, A-127
- Pvt. Charles W. Gaylord, Company B, F-32
- Sgt. Charles T. Harris, Company C, G-91
- Pvt. Peter J. Hopkins, Company H, F-95
- Pvt. William Morgan, Company K, C-50
- Pvt. George H. Nicholson, Company H, B-73
- Cpl. Elias A. Norris, Company B, B-102
- Pvt. John K. Phillips, Company F, A-45
- Pvt. Robert H. Pool, Company A, F-29
- Pvt. Joshua B. Pursel, Company C, G-89
- Pvt. William Raymond, Company B, C-110
- Pvt. John H. Saulpaugh, Company E, B-69
- Pvt. Thomas Sebring, Company I, A-80
- Cpl. John F. Sloat, Company E, G-86
- Sgt. Tyler J. Snyder, Company G, E-58
- Pvt. Henry W. Willson, Company D, G-38
Medal of Honor Winners: BROWN, MORRIS, JR. Rank and organization: Captain, Company A, 126th New York Infantry. Place and date: At Gettysburg, Pa., 3 July 1863. Entered service at: Penn Yan, N.Y. Born: August 1842, Hammondsport, N.Y. Date of issue: 6 March 1869. Citation: Capture of flag.
DORE, GEORGE H. Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company D, 126th New York Infantry. Place and date: At Gettysburg, Pa., 3 July 1863. Entered service at: ——. Birth: England. Date of issue: 1 December 1864. Citation: The colors being struck down by a shell as the enemy were charging, this soldier rushed out and seized it, exposing himself to the fire of both sides.
WALL, JERRY. Rank and organization. Private, Company B, 126th New York Infantry. Place and date: At Gettysburg, Pa., 3 July 1863. Entered service at: Milo, N.Y. Birth: Geneva, N.Y. Date of issue: 1 December 1864. Citation: Capture of flag.
Raised: Ontario, Seneca, and Yates counties.
Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:
Organized at Geneva, N.Y., and mustered in August 22, 1862. Left State for Baltimore, Md., thence moved to Martinsburg, Va., September 2, 1862. Retreat to Harper’s Ferry, W. Va., September 11-12. Attached to Miles’ Command, Harper’s Ferry, W. Va., September, 1862. Camp Douglas, Chicago, Ill., to December, 1862. 3rd Brigade, Casey’s Division, Defenses of Washington, D.C., to February, 1863. 3rd Brigade, Casey’s Division. 22nd Army Corps, to April, 1863. 3rd Brigade, Abercrombie’s Division, 22nd Army Corps, to June, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, to June, 1864. Consolidated Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, to November, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, to June, 1865.
SERVICE.–Defense of Harper’s Ferry, W. Va., September 12-15, 1862. Maryland Heights September 12-13. Bolivar Heights September 14-15. Regiment surrendered September 15. Paroled September 16 and sent to Annapolis, Md.; thence to Camp Douglas, Chicago, Ill., and duty there guarding prisoners until November. Declared exchanged November 22, 1862. Moved to Washington, D. C., November 23-25. Camp at Arlington Heights, Va., Defenses of Washington, to December 3, 1862, and at Centreville, Va., until June, 1863. Ordered to join Army of the Potomac in the field and joined 2nd Army Corps June 25. Gettysburg (.Pa.) Campaign June 25-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3. Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap, Va., July 5-24. Duty on line of the Rappahannock and Rapidan until October. Advance from the Rappahannock to the Rapidan September 13-17. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Auburn and Bristoe October 14. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Brandy Station November 8. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Duty near Brandy Station, Va., until May, 1864. Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7. Morton’s Ford February 6-7. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May 3-June 15. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Spottsylvania May 8-12; Po River May 10; Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21. Assault on the Salient, “Bloody Angle,” May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. 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. Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad, June 22-23, 1864. Demonstration north of James River July 27-29. Deep Bottom July 27-28. Demonstration north of James River August 13-20. Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, August 14-18. Ream’s Station August 25. Reconnaissance to Hatcher’s Run December 9-10. Dabney’s Mills February 5-7, 1865. Watkins’ House March 25. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. On line of Hatcher’s and Gravelly Runs March 29-30. White Oak Road March 31. Sutherland Station and fall of Petersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Deatonville Road, Sailor’s Creek, April 6. High Bridge and Farmville April 7. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. At Burkesville until May 2. Moved to Washington, D.C., May 2-12. Grand Review May 23. Mustered out June 3, 1865. Veterans and Recruits transferred to 4th New York Heavy Artillery. Regiment lost during service 16 Officers and 137 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 122 Enlisted men by disease. Total 276.
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