“2nd New York State Militia”
The monument to the 82nd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment (which preferred its original title of Second New York State Militia) is south of Gettysburg on Hancock Avenue. (Hancock Avenue Part 3 tour map) It was dedicated by the State of New York on July 2nd, 1890.
The 82nd New York Infantry was commanded at the battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel James Huston, a New York City clerk who had been born in Ireland. Lieutenant Colonel Huston was killed on July 2nd and Captain John Darrow took command of the regiment. The regiment brought 394 men to the field.
|See Captain Darrow’s Official Report for the 82nd New York for the Battle of Gettysburg|
|Sergeant Hugh Carey of Company E was awarded the Medal of Honor for capturing the colors of the Seventh Virginia Infantry on July 3rd, “being twice wounded in the effort.”|
From the front of the monument:
82nd New York Infantry
1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Corps
July 2nd and 3rd 1863.
Killed 45, Wounded 132, Missing 15
From the tablet on the left side:
On the evening of July 2nd, moved to the Emmittsburg Road to protect flank of the Third Corps. Fought there until out-flanked. Returning to this line the Regiment reformed under a galling fire; then advanced, driving the enemy before them; regained their former position, capturing the colors of the 48th Georgia. Among the killed was Colonel Huston commanding the regiment.
On the right side:
At the time of the enemy’s assault on the afternoon of the 3rd, the Regiment moved to the right toward the Copse of Trees and assisted in repulsing the enemy, capturing the flags of the First and Seventh Virginia Regiments.
From the rear:
Total enlistments 1452.
Killed 129, Wounded 436, Missing 212
This regiment was mustered in service May 21st, 1861; served with the Army of the Potomac in all its campaigns from Bull Run, July 21st, 1861. Participating in twenty-nine general engagements until mustered out June 25th,1864. Present for duty July 1st a.m. 24 officers and 331 enlisted men.
Location of the monument
The monument to the 82nd New York infantry is south of Gettysburg on the west side of Hancock Avenue about 0.15 mile north of Pleasonton Avenue. (39°48’37.2″N 77°14’09.9″W)