The monument to the 5th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment is south of Gettysburg on the west side of Sedgwick Avenue just north of Wheatfield Road. (Sedgwick Avenue tour map) The state of Maine erected the monument in 1889.
Colonel Clark S. Edwards commanded the 5th Maine at the Battle of Gettysburg. It brought 340 men to the field and suffered no casualties.
The regiment arrived at the battlefield late on July 2. It formed behind the 5th Corps, some of which was giving ground, then advanced to the front and held the position through the night. Late on July 3 the regiment supported the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Corps in an advance through the Wheatfield and the woods on the south. The advance captured about 200 prisoners of Benning’s Georgia Brigade and the colors of the 15th Georgia Infantry.
|Attached to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Corps, Army of the Potomac|
From the monument:
5th Maine Infantry
2nd Brig. 1st Div. 6th Corps
Occupied this position from evening of July 2nd until close of battle.
Mustered into the U.S. Service Portland, Me. June 24, 1861. Served with the Army of the Potomac in the field from Bull Run to Petersburg. Mustered out, Portland, June 27,1864.
Location of the monument
The monument is south of Gettysburg on a path about 80 yards west from Sedgwick Avenue. It is about 50 yards north of Wheatfield Road. (39°47’43.1″N 77°14’06.0″W)