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“Fourth Excelsior” “2nd Fire Zouaves”

The monument to the 73rd New York is south of Gettysburg on Sickles Avenue. (39.802113° N, 77.248159° W; Google map; Tour map: Sickles Ave. at Excelsior Field)

Monument to the 73rd New York Infantry at Gettysburg

The 73rd New York was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Major Michael Burns while Colonel William R. Brewster commanded the brigade.

The regiment is also honored on the Excelsior Brigade monument a short dstance away.

3rd Corps Headquarters Flag 3C-2D

Closeup of the tablet from the monument to the 73rd New York Infantry at Gettysburg

From the front of the monument:

New York – Gettysburg

Second Fire Zouaves
Major Michael W. Burns commanding
Sickles’ Excelsior Brigade
Colonel William R. Brewster
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Second Division
Brig. General A. A. Humphreys
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Third Corps
Major General D. E. Sickles
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Mustered in July 10 1861
Mustered out June 29 1865

73th N. Y. Infantry

Closeup of the tablet from the monument to the 73rd New York Infantry at Gettysburg

From the tablet on the right:

The Fourth
Excelsior Regiment 

was conducted to this position by
Major H. E. Tremain
of Third Corps staff
about 5:30 p.m.
on July 2 , 1863
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Its loss on this field was
killed 4 officers
and 47 enlisted men
wounded 11 officers
and 92 enlisted men
missing 8, aggregate 162

Closeup of the tablet from the monument to the 73rd New York Infantry at Gettysburg

From the tablet on the left side:

The Second
Fire Zouaves
served with
The Army of the Potomac
and participated in its campaigns
from Yorktown 1862
to Appomattox 1865
Total enrollment 1350
Total casualties 711
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Erected 1897
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Known also as
the Fourth Regiment of
Sickles Excelsior Brigade

Closeup of the tablet from the monument to the 73rd New York Infantry at Gettysburg

From the tablet on the rear of the monument:

Volunteer Fire Department
New York City
Organized 1658      Disbanded 1865

This monument was erected at the instance
of the volunteer fireman of the City of New York
represented by the figure on the left.
in grateful recognition of the services rendered
by the Second Fire Zouaves on this field
in defense of the Union July 2 1863.

Board of Trustees
Under Chapter 397 Laws of New York 1897
Robert B. Nooney  George W. Anderson  Richard Cullen,
Mathew Stewart    Peter J. Hickey    Michael F. Wynn,
Thomas Fair         John Sidell        Francis McCarthy