The Nineteenth Massachusetts Infantry is honored by a monument and a bronze position sign at Gettysburg.
About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? 1885.
What is it made out of? Sculpture: granite; Base: granite.
What size is it? Sculpture: approx. H. 7 ft.; Base: approx. H. 4 ft. x W. 5 ft.
Who made it? Smith Granite Company, fabricator.
What does it depict? Slant-faced marker includes relief images of a knapsack and a bugle. An infantry cartridge box rests on top. The front inscription block and the knapsack are polished. Monument is a chamfered granite shaft with a flat face topped with a cartridge box and set on a 4×5 foot rough cut base with tooled edges. The shaft has an incised inscription in polished stone and the angle has a detail of a knapsack and bugle. Overall height is seven feet. Flanking markers are 1.6x.8 foot with a polished face and gable design.
What does it honor? Monument indicates the position held by the 19th Massachusetts Infantry on July 3, 1863 prior to and during Longstreet’s assault before rushing toward the Angle to assist the Philadelphia Brigade.
How is it inscribed? THE 19TH REGT MASS. VOL. INF’TY/OF THE/3RD BRIGADE-2ND DIVISION-2ND ARMY CORPS/STOOD HERE/ON THE AFTERNOON OF JULY 3RD 1863
When was this photograph taken? September 24, 2010.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Hancock Avenue, east side near the Angle and Copse of Trees, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325.
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? Yes.
Has this monument been moved or changed? It was previously located on the west side of Hancock Avenue at the Copse of Trees.
Secondary Monuments and Markers
Photographed: May 30, 2009.
Location: Hancock Avenue at the clump of trees. This marker is denoted on the map above by a RED pushpin.
Description: Bronze sign denotes the position of the 19th Massachusetts during the repulse of Pickett’s Charge on July 3.
Commander: Col. Arthur F. Devereux (1936-1906). Book keeper from Salem. Wounded at Antietam. Post-war member of the Ohio state legislature from Cincinnati.
Number Engaged: 231
Casualties: 9 killed, 61 wounded, 7 missing
Officers Killed at Gettysburg:
- 1st Lieutenant Herman Donath, Company C, of Roxbury, killed on July 3
- 2nd Lieutenant Sherman S. Robinson, Company A, of West Newbury, killed on July 3
Soldiers Buried in the Massachusetts Plot of the Gettysburg National Cemetery:
- Sgt. Gorham Coffin, Company A, C-28
- Pvt. Daniel Holland, Company D, D-32
- Pvt. Edmund Roche, Company E, C-30
- Cpl. Patrick Scannell, Company B, D-24
- Cpl. Thomas W. Tuttle, Company I, C-31
- Pvt. Jeremiah Y. Wells, Company H, C-32
After Action Report: After Action Report of Col. Arthur F. Devereux (will open a pop up window).
Medal of Honor Winners: DE CASTRO, JOSEPH H. Rank and organization: Corporal, Company I, 19th Massachusetts Infantry. Place and date: At Gettysburg, Pa., 3 July 1863. Entered service at:——. Birth: Boston, Mass. Date of issue: 1 December 1864. Citation: Capture of flag of 19th Virginia regiment (C.S.A.).
FALLS, BENJAMIN F. Rank and organization: Color Sergeant, Company A, 19th Massachusetts Infantry. Place and date: At Gettysburg, Pa., 3 July 1863. Entered service at: Lynn, Mass. Birth. Portsmouth, N.H. Date of issue. December 1864. Citation: Capture of flag. (Posthumous; Falls was killed at Spotsylvania.)
JELLISON, BENJAMIN H. Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company C, 19th Massachusetts Infantry. Place and date: At Gettysburg, Pa., 3 July 1863. Entered service at: Newburyport, Mass. Birth: Newburyport, Mass. Date of issue: 1 December 1864. Citation: Capture of flag of 57th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.). He also assisted in taking prisoners.
RICE, EDMUND. Rank and organization: Major, 19th Massachusetts Infantry. Place and date: At Gettysburg, Pa., 3 July 1863. Entered service at: Boston, Mass. Birth: Brighton, Mass. Date of issue: 6 October 1891. Citation: Conspicuous bravery on the third day of the battle on the countercharge against Pickett’s division where he fell severely wounded within the enemy’s lines.
ROBINSON, JOHN H. Rank and organization: Private, Company I, 19th Massachusetts Infantry. Place and date: At Gettysburg, Pa., 3 July 1863. Entered service at: Roxbury, Mass. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 1 December 1864. Citation: Capture of flag of 57th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).
Raised: Essex, Middlesex, and Suffolk counties.
Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:
Organized at Lynnfield August 28, 1861. Left State for Washington, D.C., August 30. Attached to Lander’s Brigade, Division of the Potomac, to October, 1861. Lander’s Brigade, Stone’s (Sedgwick’s) Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps, to June, 1865.
SERVICE.—Camp at Meridian Hill until September 12, 1861. Moved to Poolesville, Md., September 12-15. Guard duty on the Upper Potomac until December. Operations on the Potomac October 21-24. Action at Ball’s Bluff October 21. Moved to Muddy Run December 4, and duty there until March 12, 1862. Moved to Harper’s Ferry, thence to Charlestown and Berryville March 12-15. Ordered to Washington, D.C., March 24, and to the Peninsula March 27. Siege of Yorktown April 5-May 4. West Point May 7-8. Battle of Fair Oaks, Seven Pines, May 31-June 1. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Oak Grove, near Fair Oaks, June 25. Peach Orchard and Savage Station June 29. White Oak Swamp and Glendale June 30. Malvern Hill July 1. Harrison’s Landing July 8. At Harrison’s Landing until August 15. Movement to Alexandria August 15-28, thence to Fairfax C. H. August 28-31. Cover Pope’s retreat from Bull Run August 31-September 1. Maryland Campaign September-October. Battle of South Mountain September 14 (Reserve). Battle of Antietam September 16-17. Moved to Harper’s Ferry September 22, and duty there until October 30. Advance up Loudon Valley and movement to Falmouth, Va., October 30-November 17. Battle of Fredericksburg December 11-15. (Forlorn hope to cross Rappahannock at Fredericksburg December 11.) Duty at Falmouth, Va., until April, 1863. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Maryes’ Heights. Fredericksburg, May 3. Salem Heights May 3-4. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg July 2-4, Advance from the Rappahannock to the Rapidan September 13-17. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Bristoe Station October 14. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Robertson’s Tavern, or Locust Grove, November 27. At Stevensburg until May, 1864. Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May-June. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7. Laurel Hill May 8. Spottsylvania May 8-12. Po River May 10. Spottsylvania C. H. May 12-21. Assault on the Salient 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 June 22-23, 1864. Demonstration north of the James July 27-29. Deep Bottom July 27-28. Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, August 14-18. Ream’s Station August 25. Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run, October 27-28. Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7, 1865. Watkin’s House March 25. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Crow’s House March 31. Fall of Petersburg April 2. Sailor’s Creek April 6. High Bridge and Farmville April 7. Appomattox C. H. April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. At Burkesville until May 2. March to Washington May 2-13. Grand Review May 23. Duty at Washington until June 30. Mustered out June 30 and discharged July 22, 1865. Regiment lost during service 14 Officers and 147 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 133 Enlisted men by disease. Total 294.
Massachusetts at Gettysburg
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