The monument to John Nicholson is south of Gettysburg on the east side of Hancock Avenue.(39.814462° N, 77.235218° W; Google map; Tour map: Hancock Avenue at Ziegler’s Grove) It was dedicated in 1925.
Nicholson was a Gettysburg veteran who rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry during the war. He was active in veteran’s affairs and became the leading member of the commission which created and defined the national park we see today.
From the monument:
John Page Nicholson 1842-1922.
Private 28th Pennsylvania Infantry July 20, 1861. Regimental Commissary Sergeant July 21, 1861. Discharged for promotion September 10, 1862.
First Lieutenant and Quartermaster 28th
Pennsylvania Infantry September 10, 1862.
Honorably mustered out July 18, 1865.
Breveted Captain March 13, 1865. “For Faithful
and meritorious services during the war
Major March 13, 1865. “For gallant and
and meritorious services in the Savannah and
North Carolina Campaign” Lieutenant Colonel
March 13, 1865 “For gallant and meritorious
services during the war.
Recorder of Pennsylvania Commandery
Military Order of the Loyal Legion of
the United States 1879-1922.
Recorder-in-Chief Military Order of the
Loyal Legion of the United States 1885-1922.
Chairman of the Gettysburg National Park
Commission 1893 – 1922