The monument to the 19th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment is west of Gettysburg on Meredith Avenue. (Stone and Meredith Avenues tour map)
About the monument to the 19th Indiana
The monument is made of Barre Grey granite from Vermont and stands 9′ 6″ tall. An inset of red granite represents the symbol of the First Division of the First Corps. The monument was dedicated on October 28, 1885 by the State of Indiana. In 1904 Meredith Avenue was constructed and the monument was raised by placing it on a base of Gettysburg granite.
The 19th Indiana at the Battle of Gettysburg
The 19th Indiana was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel Samuel J. Williams, a farmer from Selma, Indiana who was orginally from Virginia. Williams was wounded on July 1st. He returned to command of the regiment and would be killed at the Battle of the Wilderness on May 6, 1864.
The regiment brought 339 men to the field and lost 27 killed, 133 wounded and 50 missing. This 62% casualty rate shows the vicious fighting along Willoughby Run and during the retreat to Seminary Ridge on July 1st, where the 19th Indiana served on the exposed left flank of the brigade. Five regimental color bearers were killed or wounded on July 1st.
|Attached to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Corps, Army of the Potomac|
From the front of the monument:
July 1, 1863.
1 Corps Gen. J. F. Reynolds, killed
1 Div. Gen. J. S. Wadsworth
1 Brig. (iron) Gen. S. Meredith, wounded
Iron Brigade. 2, 6 & 7 Wis. 19 Ind. & 24 Mich. Vol’s.
Effective strength 1883.
Killed, wounded & missing 1212.
From the left side:
19 Indiana Vols.
July 1, 1863
Col. S. J. Williams.
Lt. Col. W. W. Dudley wounded
Maj. J. M. Lindley
Adj. J. E. Finney missing
Sergt. Maj. A. Blanchard killed
Sergt. Maj. A. Blanchard, killed
Co. A, Capt. Makepeace, missing
Lieut. Gissel, wounded
Co. B, Lieut. Schlagle
Lt. Jones, killed
Co. C. Capt. Ives, wounded
Co. D. Capt. Holloway
Co. E, Capt. Green, missing
Lieut. Branson, wounded
Co. F. Capt. Nash
Lieut. Richardson, captured
Co. G, Capt. Shafer, wounded
Co. H. Capt. Hart, missing
Lieut. Scarbrough, wounded
Co. I, Lt. Patrick
Co. K, Capt. Orr
Lt. East, killed
Strength, officers and men 288
Killed, wounded & missing 210
From the rear:
Mustered into U.S. Service July 29, 1861
As veterans Jan. 1, 1864
Consolidated with 7th & 20th Ind. Oct. 18, 1864.
Mustered out July 12, 1865
From the right side:
Sulphur Springs, Gainsville,
2d Bull Run, South Mountain,
Antietam, Fredericksburgh [sic],
Fitzhugh Crossing, Chancellorsville,
Gettysburg, Mine Run,
Laurel Hill, North Anna,
Cold Harbor, Petersburg,
Mine Explosion, Weldon R.R.,
Hatcher’s Run, 2 Weldon R.R.,
Morgan’s Station, Gravelly Point,
Fall of Petersburgh [sic],
Sailor’s Creek, Appomattox,
The 19th Indiana is also honored by a monument on the Antietam battlefield.
Location of the monument
The monument to the 19th Indiana is west of Gettysburg on Meredith Avenue (a continuation of Stone Avenue) about 0.3 mile south of Chambersburg Road (U.S. 30). Stone and Meredith Avenues are one way south and east. (39°50’03.0″N 77°15’15.3″W)