About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? Erected circa 1912.
What is it made out of? Foundation: Concrete. Monument: Polished smooth sea-green granite. Plaque: Bronze.
What size is it? 36′ by 36′ base. Weight: 300 Pounds. Height 5’4″. Tablet measures 4 feet by 3 feet 8 inches.
Who made it? Albert Russell & Sons Co. of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Erected by the United States War Department.
What does it depict? Monolith consisting of polished smooth sea-green granite pedestal with a square base. Base tapers to a smaller dimension at the tablet. On each pedestal is mounted a bronze inscription tablet describing the movements and actions of the unit.
What does it honor? One of 74 Union brigade monuments erected at Gettysburg by the United States War Department to describe the movements and itinerary of each Union brigade of the Army of the Potomac. The monuments were designed by E.B. Cope. Many of the inscription tablets were made of bronze melted down from Civil War cannons.
How is it inscribed? The monument reads,
ARMY OF THE POTOMAC
ELEVENTH CORPS FIRST DIVISION
Brig. Gen. Adelbert Ames
Col. Andrew L. Harris
17th Conn. 25th 75th 107th Ohio Infantry
July 1. Arrived about noon and advanced along the Harrisburg road. Four companies of the 17th Conn. advanced as skirmishers across Rock Creek to the Bender House. The rest of the Brigade taking position on Barlow Knoll at left of First Brigade. Was hotly engaged until 4 P. M. when being enfiladed by artillery and flanked by superior numbers the Brigade with the Division was forced to retire and retreated through the town to Cemetery Hill to a position along a stone wall at right angles to the Baltimore Pike facing town.
July 2. Remained under a hot sharpshooter fire from houses in town until sunset when Brig. Gen. Hays’s Brigade charged penetrating the line left open by the removal of 17th Conn. to the right shortly before and reached the batteries on the hill where after a hand to hand conflict the attack was repulsed with heavy loss including the colors of the 8th Louisiana captured by 107th Ohio.
July 3. No other engagement than sharp skirmishing.
Casualties Killed 5 Officers 63 Men Wounded 24 Officers 342 Men Captured or Missing 9 Officers 335 Men Total 778
When was this photograph taken? June 16, 2012.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Located on east section of Howard Avenue at Barlow’s Knoll.
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? Located on extended tour route that includes Barlow’s Knoll.
Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been moved or materially altered.
Commander: Brig. Gen. Adelbert Ames (October 31, 1835 – April 13, 1933) was an American sailor, soldier, and politician. He served with distinction as a Union Army general during the American Civil War. As a Radical Republican and a Carpetbagger, he was military governor, Senator and civilian governor in Reconstruction-era Mississippi. In 1898 he served as a United States Army general during the Spanish-American War. Ames was the last general officer of the American Civil War from either side of the conflict to die, dying at age 97 in 1933. More about this officer.
After Action Report: After Action Report of Brig. Gen. Adelbert Ames (will open a pop up window).