A bronze tablet behind the nearby 5th Michigan monument shows the location of the field hospital.
About the monument to the 32nd Massachusetts
The granite monument was designed by a member of the regiment and is a beautiful representation in stone of a tent, about six feet tall by six feet wide. A carved canteen hangs from the front tent pole. The side of the “tent” is inscribed with the regiment’s information above and below the Maltese Cross symbol of the Union Fifth Army Corps. The monument was dedicated on October 8, 1895 by the State of Massachusetts.
The 32nd Massachusetts at Gettysburg
The regiment was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel George Lincoln Prescott from Concord. It brought 227 men to the field.
Form the monument:
Here the 32nd Massachusetts Infy.
2nd Brig. 1st. Div. 5th A.C.
withstood an attack of the enemy
about 5 o’clock p.m. July 2, 1863.
Withdrawn from here, it fought again in the Wheatfield.
Lost in both actions killed and wounded
79 out of 227 officers and men
From the hospital marker:
Behind this group of rocks on the afternon of July 2nd, 1863, Surgeon Z. Boylston Adams placed the field hospital of the 32nd Massachusetts Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 1st Div., 5th Army Corps.
Established so near the line of battle, many of our wounded escaped capture or death by its timely aid.
Placed by the
Veteran Association of the Regiment.
See more on the 32nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil War.