About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? July 3, 1893.
What is it made out of? Monument: granite with bronze adornment; Base: granite.
What size is it? Monument: approx. 8 ft. 9 in. x 5 ft. 10 in. x 4 ft. 6 in.; Base: approx. 10 in. x 6 ft. 5 in. x 5 ft. 3 in.
Who made it? Buberl, Caspar, 1834-1899, sculptor. Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company, founder.
What does it depict? Granite monument with bronze trophy of crossed muskets and infantry accouterments on the front. The top of the monument has a pediment shape with bronze state seal. Granite monument has rough hewn sides with a gable top that has brackets on the east side and sets on a 6.6×5.4 foot rough hewn base. Overall height is eleven foot. The monument has a bronze state seal, crossed musket, and infantry accouterments on the east side and inscriptions on the west. Flanking markers have flat tops with inscriptions, one foot square.
What does it honor? The monument marks the position where the 52nd New York Infantry drove back, with the Brigade, 1500-2000 Confederates on July 2, 1863.
How is it inscribed? 52ND N.Y. INFANTRY/3RD BRIG. 1ST DIV. 2ND CORPS/JULY 2ND 1863 6 TO 7 PM
When was this photograph taken? December 9, 2011.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Sickles Avenue, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Located on Sickles Avenue near the Loop.
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.
The 52nd New York Infantry was also known as German Rangers. During the battle of Gettysburg, it served as a member of Zook’s Brigade in Caldwell’s Division of the Second Corps, Army of the Potomac. A Fighting 300 Regiment.
Commander: Lt. Col. Charles G. Freudenberg (1833-1885). Born in Baden, Germany; came to the U.S. a few years before the Civil War. Wounded at Fair Oaks and on July 2. Served in post-war regular army. Maj. Edward Ventui (1825-1863) took command from the wounded Freudenberg. Born in Italy; wounded at Cross Keys. Killed on July 2. Capt. William Scherrer (ca. 1834-1864) assumed command from Ventui. Born in Germany in 1834 or 1835; living in New York City at time War began. Wounded at Bristoe Station. Mortally wounded on May 12, 1864 at Spotsylvania, dying two weeks later.
Number Engaged: 134
Casualties: 2 killed, 26 wounded, 10 missing
Officers Killed at Gettysburg:
- Major Edward Venuti, Field Officer, 38, of Albany, killed on July 2
Soldiers Buried in the New York Plot of the Gettysburg National Cemetery:
- Pvt. William Kreiss, Company I, D-28
- Pvt. Frederick Rambmeier, Company B, A-57
- Cpl. Sigmund Weil, Company B, B-52
After Action Report: After Action Report of Capt. William Scherrer (will open a pop up window).
Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:
Organized at New York City October 11, 1861. Left State for Washington, D.C., November 11, 1861. Attached to French’s 3rd Brigade, Sumner’s Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. 3rd Brigade, Richardson’s 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to August, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, to September, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, to June, 1864. Consolidated Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, to November, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, to July, 1865.
SERVICE.–Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., until March, 1862. Advance on Manassas, Va., March 10-15. Moved to the Peninsula, Va., April 3. Siege of Yorktown April 5-May 4. Battle of Fair Oaks or Seven Pines May 31-June 1. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Battles of Gaines Mill June 27. Peach Orchard and Savage Station June 29. White Oak Swamp and Glendale June 30. Malvern Hill July 1. At Harrison’s Landing until August 16. Movement to Fortress Monroe, thence to Alexandria and Centreville August 16-30. Cover Pope’s retreat to Fairfax Court House September 1. Maryland Campaign September 6-22. Battles of Antietam Creek September 15-16. Antietam September 17. Duty at Harper’s Ferry, W. Va., September 22-October 29. Reconnaissance to Charlestown October 16-17. Advance up Loudoun Valley and movement to Falmouth, Va., October 29-November 17. Battle of Fredericksburg December 12-15. “Mud March” January 20-24, 1863. At Falmouth, Va., until April 27. 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. Pursuit of Lee July 5-24. Duty on line of the Rappahannock 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. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. At Stevensburg until May, 1864. 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; Spottsylvania May 8-12; Po River May 10; Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21. Assault on the Salient or “Blood 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 the James July 27-29. Deep Bottom July 27-28. Demonstration north of the James 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, Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7, 1865. Watkins’ House March 25. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Hatcher’s Run or Boydton Road March 31. White Oak Road March 31. Sutherland Station and fall of Petersburg April 2. 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. March to Washington, D.C., May 2-15. Grand Review May 23. Duty at Washington, D.C., until July. Mustered out July 25, 1865. Regiment lost during service 14 Officers and 139 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 197 Enlisted men by disease. Total 350.
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