About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? Oct. 28, 1885.
What is it made out of? Sculpture: limestone; Base: limestone.
What size is it? Sculpture: approx. 13 ft. x 4 ft. 9 in. x 4 ft. 9 in.; Base: approx. W. 7 ft. 5 in. x D. 7 ft. 5 in.
Who made it? McKain, A. A., sculptor.
What does it depict? Monument is a tapered four-part limestone shaft with each part separated by a deep chisel cut, topped by the company logo and set on a 7.5 foot square rough cut base with tooled edge. The lower part of the shaft has the excised company name and incised inscriptions on the front and rear. Overall height is thirteen feet. Flanking markers are 1.3 foot square with a chamfered front. Located at the spot where color bearer Isaac Morris was killed.
What does it honor? Erected by the State of Indiana, the monument marks the position held by the regiment when they rushed to the hill on the evening of July 2, 1863, to meet and repulse Hay’s and Hoke’s brigades.
How is it inscribed? PRINCIPAL BATTLES IN WHICH THE 14TH INDIANA WAS/ENGAGED./CHEAT MOUNTAIN./GREEN BRIAR./WINCHESTER./ANTIETAM./FREDERICKSBURG./CHANCELLORSVILLE./GETTYSBURG./MINE RUN./MORTON’S FORD./WILDERNESS./SPOTSYLVANIA./COLD HARBOR./AND MORE THAN FIFTY OTHER MINOR ENGAGEMENTS AND/SKIRMISHES./MUSTERED IN JUNE 7TH 1861/MUSTERED OUT JUNE 7TH 1864
When was this photograph taken? September 25, 2010. The monument faces west. This photograph is of the western side of the monument.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Baltimore Pike, east side, summit of East Cemetery Hill, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? Yes, located along the “extended” tour route.
Has this monument been moved or changed? The work has been moved twice. It was originally located at the foot of East Cemetery Hill on Wainwright Avenue. It was moved to the summit of Ease Cemetery Hill, and later relocated to its current position because it obstructed the view of Cooper’s Pennsylvania Battery monument.
Secondary Monuments and Markers
Photographed: March 23, 2008.
Location: Wainwright Avenue at the base of East Cemetery Hill.
Description: Small stone position marker denotes the right flank of the 14th Indiana during the battle for Cemetery Hill. It is inscribed: Right Flank of 14th Ind. from 8 p.m. July 2nd to close of battle. 4th Ohio on the right.
Photographed: June 15, 2012.
Location: Wainwright Avenue at the base of East Cemetery Hill.
Description: Small stone position marker denotes the left flank of the 14th Indiana during the battle for Cemetery Hill. The marker consists of limestone and is badly faded.
It is inscribed: Left flank of 14th Ind. from 8 p.m. July 2nd to close of battle. 7th Virginia on the left.
Commander: Col. John Coons (1828-1864). Lawyer from Vincennes. Wounded at Antietam and killed in action at Spotsylvania Court House on May 12, 1864.
Number Engaged: 236
Casualties: 6 killed, 25 wounded
Soldiers Buried in the Indiana Plot of the Gettysburg National Cemetery:
- Cpl. Henry S. Brown, Company I, G-1
- Pvt. William Tillottson, Company I, F-10
- Pvt. Francis M. Wallace, Company C, F-3
After Action Report: After Action Report of Col. John Coons (will open a pop up window).
Raised: Greene, Knox, Martin, Monroe, Owen, Parke, Vanderburgh, and Vermillion counties.
Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:
Organized at Terre Haute, Ind., for one year’s service May, 1861. Reorganized for three years’ service and mustered in June 7, 1861. (1st three years Regiment organized in Indiana.) Moved to Indianapolis, Ind., June 24, thence to Clarksburg, W. Va., July 5. Attached to 1st Brigade, Army of Occupation, West Virginia, to September, 1861. Reynolds’ Cheat Mountain District, W. Va., to December, 1861. 1st Brigade, Lander’s Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. 1st Brigade, Shields’ 2nd Division, Banks’ 5th Army Corps, to April, 1862. and Dept. of the Shenandoah to May 1862. 1st Brigade, Shields’ Division, Dept. of the Rappanhannock, to June, 1862. Kimball’s Independent Brigade, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to September, 1862. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps, to March, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps, to June, 1864.
SERVICE.–Campaign in West Virginia July 7-17, 1861. Battle of Rich Mountain July 11 (Reserve). Moved to Cheat Mountain July 13, and duty there until October. Operations on Cheat Mountain September 11-17. Cheat Mountain Summit September 12. Action at Greenbrier River October 3-4. Duty at Huttonsville, Philippi and Romney until January 10, 1862. Expedition to Blue’s Gap January 6-7. Hanging Rock, Blue’s Gap, January 7. Moved to Paw Paw Tunnel January 10, and duty there until March 5. Advance on Winchester, Va., March 5-15. Battle of Winchester March 23. Columbia Furnace April 16. Occupation of Mt. Jackson April 17. March to Fredericksburg May 12-21, and return to Front Royal May 25-30. Front Royal May 30. Expedition to Luray June 3-7. Forced march to Port Republic June 8-9. Battle of Port Republic June 9 (Reserve). Moved to Alexandria June 29, thence to Harrison’s Landing June 30-July 2. Chickahominy Swamps July 3-5. Saxall’s, Herring Creek, Harrison’s Landing July 4. At Harrison’s Landing until August 15. Moved to Alexandria, thence to Centreville August 16-29. In works at Centreville and cover Pope’s retreat to Washington August 29-September 2. Maryland Campaign September 6-22. Battles of South Mountain September 14; Antietam September 16-17. Moved to Harper’s Ferry, W. Va., September 22, and duty there until October 30. Reconnaissance to Leesburg October 1-2. Berry’s Ford Gap November 1. March to Falmouth, Va., October 30-November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. “Mud March” January 20-24, 1863. At Falmouth until April. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg July 2-4. Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap, Va., July 5-24. Detached on duty at New York City during draft disturbances August 16 to September 6. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Auburn and Bristoe October 14. Blackburn’s Ford October 15. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Robertson’s Tavern or Locust Grove November 27. Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7, 1864. Morton’s Ford February 6-7. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River May 4-June 15. Battle of the Wilderness May 5-7. Laurel Hill May 8. 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 1-6. Left front June 6. Mustered out June 16, 1864, expiration of term. Veterans and Recruits transferred to 20th Indiana Infantry. Regiment lost during service 11 Officers and 139 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 72 Enlisted men by disease. Total 222.