Union Monuments at Gettysburg > Massachusetts


The monument to the 13th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment is northwest of Gettysburg on the eastern slope of Oak Ridge on Robinson Avenue. (39.84259° N, 77.24129° W; Google map; Tour map: Doubleday – Robinson Avenues)

The white granite monument stands a little over 14′ high and features a statue of Color Sergeant Roland G. Morris, who fell at this spot on July 1st. It was dedicated on September 25, 1885.
1st Corps Headquarters Flag Attached to the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Corps, Army of the Potomac 1C-2D

 

The 13th Massachusetts at Gettysburg

The 13th Massachusetts was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel Samuel Haven Leonard of Boston. He was wounded on July 1 and Lieutenant Colonel Nathaniel W. Batchelder took command. The regiment brought 284 men to the field, losing 7 killed, 77 wounded and 101 missing.

The 13th Massachusetts suffered heavily on the northern edge of Seminary Ridge near Mummasburg Road. After an hour of heavy fighting a successful bayonet charge captured over 130 Confederates, but took the regiment dangerously far from their lines and cost them dearly as they fought their way back.Then the collapse of the Union defensive line forced the 13th into a dangerous retreat south along the eastern edge of Seminary Ridge and back through the streets of the town. Only 99 men reformed on Cemetery Hill that evening.

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Monument to the 13th Massachusetts Infantry at Gettysburg

From the front of the monument:

 13th Mass. Vols.

From the rear:

13th Mass. Vol’s
1st Brig – 2nd Div – 1st Corps
July 1st 1863

View down Robinson Avenue from the top of Seminary Ridge. The 13th Massachusetts monument is to the left of the curve at the bottom of the hill. Gettysburg is in the distance on the right.

View down Robinson Avenue from the top of Seminary Ridge. The 13th Massachusetts monument is to the left of the curve at the bottom of the hill. Gettysburg is in the distance on the right.

See more on the history of the 13th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil War