The Sixteenth Maine Infantry is honored by a monument and a position stone at Gettysburg.
About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? Oct. 3, 1889.
What is it made out of? Sculpture: granite; Base: granite.
What size is it? Overall: approx. H. 24 ft.; Base: approx. W. 5 ft. x D. 5 ft.
Who made it? Unknown, sculptor.
What does it depict? Obelisk stands on low square base. There are reliefs on three sides, including a state coat of arms, draped flags, state seal, and corps insignia within an oak and laurel wreath.
What does it honor? Monument indicates the first position held by the 16th Maine Infantry on July 1, 1863.
How is it inscribed? 16TH MAINE INF’Y/1ST BRIG. 2ND DIV./1ST CORPS/JULY 1ST 1863, FOUGHT HERE/FROM 1 O’CLOCK UNTIL 4 P.M./WHEN THE DIVISION WAS FORCED/TO RETIRE BY COMMAND OF/GEN. ROBINSON TO COL. TILDEN./THE REGIMENT WAS MOVED TO/THE RIGHT NEAR MUMMAS-/BURG ROAD, AS INDICATED BY/A MARKER THERE, WITH ORDERS/”TO HOLD THE POSITION AT/ANY COST.”/JULY 2ND & 3RD IN POSITION WITH THE DIVISION ON CEMETERY HILL./CASUALTIES/KILLED 2 OFFICERS 9 MEN/WOUNDED 8 OFFICERS 54 MEN/CAPTURED 11 OFFICERS 148 MEN/STRENGTH OF REGIMENT/25 OFFICERS, 250 MEN
When was this photograph taken? May 4, 2010.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Oak Ridge, west side of Doubleday Avenue, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325.
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.
Secondary Monuments and Markers
Photographed: November 15, 2009.
Location: Intersection of Doubleday Avenue and Mummasburg Road. This monument is located on the map above by a RED pushpin.
Description: Small stone position marker denotes the location held by the 16th Maine at 4 PM on July 1, 1863.
Commander: Col. Charles W. Tilden (1832-1914). Merchant in Castine. Captured on July 1.
Number Engaged: 311
Casualties: 9 killed, 59 wounded, 164 missing
Officers Killed at Gettysburg:
- Capt. Oliver H. Lowell, of Gorham, Company D, killed July 1
- Capt. Stephen C. Whitehouse, of Newcastle, Company K, killed July 1
Soldiers Buried in the Maine Plot of the Gettysburg National Cemetery:
- Cpl. Frank Devereux, Company K, A-1
- Pvt. Frank Fairbrother, Company G, A-17
- Pvt. William H. Huntington, Company B, D-8
- Cpl. George D. Martson, Company I, A-3
- Pvt. Alibon B. Mills, Company E, G-1
- Pvt. Harrison Pullen, Company G, D-9
After Action Report: After Action Report of Lieut. Col. Augustus B. Farnham (will open a pop up window).
Raised: Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford, Penobscot, and Somerset counties.
Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:
Organized at Augusta and mustered in August 14, 1862. Left State for Washington, D.C., August 19, and camp at Arlington Heights until September 6. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps, Army Potomac, to November, 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Corps, to March, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Corps, to June, 1865. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Corps, to September, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Corps, to June, 1865.
SERVICE.–March into Maryland September 6-16, 1862. Battle of Antietam September 16-17. Duty near Sharpsburg, Md., until October 28. Moved to Warrenton, Va., October 28-November 7. Forced march to Rappahannock Station November 11. Duty there until November 19, and at Brooks Station until December 11. Battle of Fredericksburg December 12-15. “Mud March” January 20-24. 1863. At Falmouth and Belle Plains until April 27. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Fitzhugh’s Crossing April 29-30. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 13-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3. Pursuit of Lee July 5-24. Bristoe Campaign October 9-23. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7, 1864. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May 3-June 15. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7. Laurel Hill May 8. Spotsylvania May 8-12. Spotsylvania C. H. May 12-21. North Anna River May 23-26. Jericho Ford May 23. Line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Bethesda Church June 1-3. White Oak Swamp June 13. Before Petersburg June 16-19, Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23, 1864. Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30 (Reserve). Weldon Railroad August 18-21. Reconnaissance toward Dinwiddie C. H. September 15. Garrison Fort Wadsworth until December 5. Warren’s Hicksford Raid December 7-12. Dabney’s Mills February 5-7, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. White Oak Road March 29-30. Gravelly Run March 31. Five Forks April 1. Fall of Petersburg April 2. Sailor’s Creek April 6. Appomattox C. H, April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. At Black and White Station April 21-May 1. Moved to Manchester, thence marched to Washington, D.C., May 1-12. Grand Review May 23. Duty at Ball’s Cross Roads until June 5. Mustered out June 5, 1865. Recruits transferred to 20th Maine Infantry. Regiment lost during service 9 Officers and 172 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 257 Enlisted men by disease. Total 440.