The monument to the Second 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.
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, saying, “it is murder, but it’s an order.” Major Charles F. Morse took command after Mudge fell.
|Attached to the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 12th Corps, Army of the Potomac|
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.
From the rear:
Lieut. Col. Charles R. Mudge Captain Thomas B. Robeson
Captain Thomas B. Fox Lieut. Henry V.D. Stone
Color bearers – Leavitt C. Durgin, Rupert J. Sadler, Stephen Cody
First Sergeant Alonzo J. Babcock, Sergeant William H. Blunt.
Charles Burdett, Theodore S. Butters, Jeremiah S. Hall, Patrick Heoy, Ruel Whittier, Gordon S. Wilson.
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
See more on the 2nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil War.
Location of the monument
The monument to the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry is on the south side of the Spanglers Sprng 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)