The monument to the 108th New York is south of Gettysburg near Hancock Avenue in Zeigler’s Grove.(39.816262 N, 77.234598 W; Google map; Tour map: Hancock Avenue at Ziegler’s Grove) It was erected by the State of New York on September 4, 1888.
The granite monument is 11′ 6″ tall and is in the shape of the trefoil that is the symbol of the Second Army Corps. It shows a soldier of the 108th lying prone in support of an artillery battery during the great barrage before Pickett’s Charge, when the 108th lost most of its 50% casualties.
The 108th New York was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel Francis E. Pierce, and suffered 102 casualties out of the 200 men engaged.
Corporal William H. Raymond of Company A was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Gettysburg on July 3rd, when he “voluntarily and under a severe fire brought a box of ammunition to his comrades on the skirmish line.”
From the front of the monument:
108th New York Infantry
2nd Brig. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps
From the rear:
108th N.Y. Inft’y
Occupied this position July 2 and 3, 1863 supporting Battery I, 1st U.S. Art. During the artillery duel on the afternoon of July 3, it sustained a terrific fire without being able to return a shot. Number engaged 200. Casualties Killed 16, wounded 86, Total 102.
During the charge the left of the Confederate line lapped its front and came within 50 yards of it before breaking. The 108th N.Y. Inft’y was recruited and mustered into the service at Rochester N.Y. Aug. 18, 1862. It participated in all the battles of the 2nd Corps from Antietam, Sept. 17, 1862, to the surrender at Appomattox Apr. 9, 1865, having been actively engaged 28 times.
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