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About the monument to the 52nd New York
The granite monument stands eleven feet tall. On its front is a bronze representation of crossed rifles, knapsack and canteen beneath the trefoil symbol of the Second Corps. On the cap of the monument is an inset round bronze tablet of the Seal of the State of New York. The monument was dedicated by the State of New York on July 3rd, 1893.
The 52nd New York at Gettysburg
The 52nd New York was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel Charles G. Freudenberg. He was wounded on July 2nd and Major Edward Venuti took command for a short time until he was killed. Captain William Scherrer then took over.
The 52nd brought 134 men to the field. It included a detachment of fifteen men from the 7th New York Infantry who had signed up for three years service and had been transferred in when the rest of their regiment had mustered out at the end of its two year term.
|See Captain Scherrer’s Official Report on the 52nd New York at Gettysburg|
From the front of the monument:
52nd N.Y. Infantry
3rd Brig. 1st Div. 2nd Corps
July 2nd 1863, 6 to 7 p.m.
From the rear:
Killed 2, Wounded 26, Missing 10
Total Loss 38.
See more on the 52nd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil War