The monument to the Second Massachusetts Volunteers is southeast of Gettysburg on Carman Avenue near Spangler’s Spring. (39.813324° N, 77.215871° W; Google map; Tour map: Spanglers Spring)

This is the first permanent regimental monument on the battlefield. It was erected in 1879.

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

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Monument to the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry at Gettysburg

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 Infantry 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:

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

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