The monument to the 43rd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment is southeast of Gettysburg on Neil Avenue, known as “Lost Lane” because of its inaccessibility. (39.80798° N, 77.210061° W; Google map)
About the monument to the 43rd New York
The monument is of Quincy granite and stands just under eight feet high. On the front of its its cap is a bronze arrangement of a cartridge box on crossed laurel branches. A round Seal of the State of New York is on the face just above the base. The monument was dedicated by the State of New York on September 17th, 1889.
The 43rd New York at the Battle of Gettysburg
The regiment was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel John Wilson of Albany. It brought 403 men to the field, losing 2 killed, 2 wounded and 1 missing.
Neill’s Brigade of the Sixth Corps was one of the last to reach the battlefield on July 2nd and was held in reserve on the Baltimore Pike at Rock Creek. On July 3rd the brigade deployed to the north of the road to push back Confederate skirmshers that were threatening the army’s main supply and communcations route. It advanced to the location of the monuments, taking light casualties.
From the front of the monument:
43rd New York Infantry
3d Brig. 2d Div. 6th Corps
Arrived on field 4 p.m. July 2d 1863.
Held this position from the morning
of July 3d until the close of battle.
From the rear:
The State of New York erected this monument in honor of
The Forty Third Reg’t New York Infantry.
Organized at Albany, N.Y. Mustered into the U.S. Service Sept. 22d 1861.
Served with the 6th Corps Army of the Potomac throughout the war
Mustered out June 27th 1865.
Bore a part in the engagements of Yorktown, Willamsburgh, The Seven Days Battle,. Crampton’s Pass, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Marye’s Heights, Salem Heights, Gettysburg, Rappahannock Station, Mine Run,Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Anna, Tolopotomoy, Cold Harbor, Petersburg 1864, Fort Stevens, Winchester, Fisher’s Hill, Cedar Creek, Petersburg 1865, Sailor’s Creek, Appomattox Court House.
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