Union Monuments at Gettysburg > Massachusetts


The monument to the 2nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment is southeast of Gettysburg on Carman Avenue near Spangler’s Spring. (Spanglers Spring tour map) This was the first permanent regimental monument on the battlefield, erected in 1879.

Monument to the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry at Gettysburg

Lieutenant Colonel Charles R. Mudge commanded the regiment at Gettysburg. Mudge was killed leading the regiment in a charge whose order he questioned but obeyed, saying, “it is murder, but it’s an order.” Major Charles F. Morse took command after Mudge fell.

12th Corps Headquarters flag Attached to the 3rd Brigade1st Division12th Corps, Army of the Potomac 12th Corps, 1st Division Headquarters flag

Form the tablet on the front of the monument

From the hill behind this monument on
the morning of July Third 1863 the
Second Massachusetts I
nfantry
made an assault upon the Confederate
troops in the works at the base of Culp’s
Hill opposite. The regiment carried to
the charge 22 officers and 294 enlisted men.
It lost 4 officers and 41 enlisted
men killed and mortally wounded and 6
officers and 84 enlisted men wounded.
To perpetuate the honored memories of
that hour the survivors of the Regiment
have raised this stone. 1879.

Tablet from the front of the monument to the 2nd Massachusetts infantry at Gettysburg

Tablet on the front of the monument.

Tablet from the rear of the monument to the 2nd Massachusetts infantry at Gettysburg

Tablet from the rear of the monument

From the rear of the monument

Lieut. Col. Charles R. Mudge Captain Thomas B. Robeson
Captain Thomas B. Fox   Lieut. Henry V.D. Stone
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Color bearers – Leavitt C. Durgin, Rupert J. Sadler, Stephen Cody
First Sergeant Alonzo J. Babcock, Sergeant William H. Blunt.
–Corporals–
Charles Burdett, Theodore S. Butters, Jeremiah S. Hall, Patrick Heoy, Ruel Whittier, Gordon S. Wilson.
–Privates–
Samuel T. Alton  James T. Edmunds  Charles Kiernan
George M. Baily  William H. Ela  William Marshall
Henry C. Ball  John E. Farrington  Frederick Maynard
Wallace Bascom  Silas P. Foster  Andrew Nelson
John Briggs, Jr.  Willard Foster  Rufus A. Parker
David B. Brown  Joseph Furber  Philo H. Peck
William T. Bullard  Fritz Goetz  Sidney S. Prouty
James A. Chase  Daniel A. Hatch  Richard Seavers
Peter Conlan  John J. Jewett  Charles Trayner
John Derr  John Joy  David L. Wade

Monument to the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry at Gettysburg

Location of the monument to the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment

The monument to the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry is on the south side of the Spanglers Spring area on the west side of Colgrove Avenue about 30 yards west of the its intersection with Carman Avenue. (39°48’48.0″N 77°12’57.1″W)