Union Monuments at Gettysburg > Massachusetts

“Henry Wilson’s Regiment”

The monument to the 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment is south of Gettysburg on Sickles Avenue. (39.797116° N, 77.24641° W; Google map; Tour map: Sickles Ave. at the Rose Woods)

Monument to the 22nd Massachusetts infantry at Gettysburg

The Monument to the 22nd Massachusetts

The granite monument stands about nine and a half feet high. It is a short rectangular shaft with fluted corners set on a rough-hewn base, with a large cap topped with the Greek cross symbol of the Fifth Corps. The monument was dedicated on October 8, 1885 by the State of Massachusetts.

About the 22nd Massachusetts at Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Sherwin. Its colonel, William S. Tilton, was temporarily in command of the brigade since just after the Battle of Chancellorsville in early May.

The 22nd’s nickname came from the regiment’s first colonel, abolitionist Senator Henry Wilson.

The regiment had 137 men engaged (one source mentions “67 guns”) and lost 3 men killed, 27 wounded and 1 missing.

5th Corps Headquarters Flag Flag for the First Division, Fifth Corps

From around the top of the monument:

22nd Mass. Infty.
1st Brigade 1st Division 5th Corps

From the rear:

The 22nd Mass. Infty. stood here  July 2, 1863

From the left side:

First Colonel Henry Wilson
succeeded by Jesse A. Gove
Killed June 27, 1862

See more on the 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil War.