There are two monuments to the 17th Connecticut Volunteers on the Gettysburg batlefield. Both were dedicated on June 24, 1884 by the survivors of the regiment and the State of Connecticut. There is also a flagpole on Barlow’s Knoll commemorated to the regiment.

The first monument is north of Gettysburg on Howard Avenue at Barlow’s Knoll. (39.84544° N, 77.2262° W; Tour map: Howard Avenue East) The second monument to the 17th Connecticut (see Page 2) is southeast of town on Wainwright Avenue at the foot of East Cemetery Hill. (Google map to both monuments)

Monument to the 17th Connecticut Infantry Regiment on Barlow's hill at Gettysburg

The 17th Connecticut at the Battle of Gettysburg

The 17th Connecticut was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Fowler. He was killed on July 1st, and Major Allen Brady took command. The regiment brought 386 men to Gettysburg, and lost 20 men killed, 81 wounded and 96 missing.

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The Barlow Knoll monument

The monument on Barlow’s Knoll is a white granite sarcohagus standing 8′ tall and 7′ wide. A relief of the Coat of Arms of the State of Connecticut is is in the middle of the front, flanked by two raised stone tablets inscribed with the names of those killed or mortally wounded in the battle. Two additional tablets are on either side of the monument, which marks the regiment’s position on the afternoon of July 1st.

From the raised stone tablet on the left front:

Lieut. Col. Douglas Fowler
Sergt. Samuel Comstock
Priv. Elephalet Mead
” William S. Gregory
Corpl. Henry Burns
Priv. Michael Fox
” William W. Westlake
” Calvin Nobles

From the raised stone tablet on the right front:

Capt. James E. Moore
Sergt. William O’Douchy,
” August E. Bronson,
” Bethel S. Barnum,
Priv. Frank J. Benson,
” Theodore Blackman,
” Smith Delevan,
” Daniel H. Purdy

17th Conn. Vol’s.

From the right side:

Priv. Richard B. Taylor,
” Rufus Warren
” Joseph S. Whitlock,
Corpl. Alvah E. Wilcox,
Priv. William F. Bradley,
” John R. Booth,
” Stephen C. Crofut,
” Wilbur B. Morgan,
” John W. Metcalf

From the left side:

Sergt. Edwin D.Pickett
Priv. John A. Black
” Lawrence Carney,
” Crassius M. Crabbe,
Corpl. James Gordon,
Priv. Francis C. Foote
” James FLynn,
” George H. Gurnsey,
” Francis Nash,
” John Welsh

Rear view of the monument to the 17th Connecticut Infantry at Gettysburg

Rear view of the monument on Barlow’s Knoll

From the rear of the Barlow’s Knoll monument:

Erected by the survivors of the
17th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers
2nd Brigade 1st Division, 11th Corps
In memory of their gallant comrades who fell here on the 1st day
and on this battlefield on the 2nd and 3rd days of July, 1863

17th Conn. Vol’s.

The Barlow Knoll monument is signed, “W.H. Curtis, Stratford, Conn.”

The commemorative tag on the barlow Knoll flagpole reads:

Erected by the 17th Conn. Vol. Ass’n.

Closeup of the plaque from the 17th Connecticut commemorative flagpole on Barlow's Knob

Continue to Page 2 – The 17th Connecticut Monument on Wainwright Avenue

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