Union monuments at Gettysburg > Ohio 


The monument to the 5th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment is southeast of Gettysburg at Pardee Field south of Culp’s Hill. (Culp’s Hill South tour map; 39.816248° N, 77.22031° W; map location) A plaque on a boulder a short distance behind the monument marks the location where the first man of the regiment was killed at Gettysburg. A marker on the north side of Little Round Top at Wheatfield Road shows the regiment’s position after its arrival on the battlefield late on July 1. (Tour map: Little Round Top)

Monument to the 5th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg

Monument to the 5th Ohio Infantry at Gettysburg. The boulder with the plaque is in the distance to the left of the monument. Sprangler’s Lane ran from the right of the photo, behind the monument, up the hill and in front of the boulder.

Both the monument and the plaque on the bolder behind it feature an owl. This was a symbol for the “Wide Awakes,” a militaristic pro-Lincoln Northern political organization whose Cincinnati Chapter sponsored the formation of the 5th Ohio Infantry.

“Boys, keep the colors up!” also appears on both monument and plaque. These were the last words of Captain George B. Whitcom, who was killed at the Battle of Kernstown on March 23, 1862. After four of the 5th Ohio’s color bearers were shot down Captain Whitcom grabbed the colors and shouted the command before he was struck over the eye and killed.

Just beneath the owl (which is perched under the shelter of a pair of knapsacks), the monument also features the star that was the symbol of the 12th Corps on the front as well as the sides. A relief of a bayoneted rifle crossed with the national colors is on the front face. The monument was dedicated on September 14, 1887.

The 5th Ohio was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel John H. Patrick, a tailor from Cincinatti, Ohio. It brought 315 men to the field and lost 2 men killed

12th Corps Headquarters flag 12th Corps, 2nd Division Headquarters flag
Plaque of the 5th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg

Plaque of the badge of the 5th Ohio marking the site where the first man of the regiment was killed at Gettysburg

Plaque of the 5th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg

Monument to the 5th Ohio Infantry at Gettysburg

From the front of the monument:

Boys, keep the colors up

5th Ohio Infantry
1st Brigade
2nd Division, 12th Corps

Erected by the State of Ohio

From the right side of the monument:

5th Ohio Infantry
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Gettysburg
July 1.2.3. 1863
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Present for duty 315.
Killed 2
Wounded 6
Total Loss 18
Cincinnati Regiment

Monument to the 5th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg

View of the front and side of the monument. The monument to the 147th Pennsylvania is in the distance on the extreme left of the photo.

From the left side:

5th Ohio Infantry
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Arriving in position at 5 p.m. July 1. Was detached and held extreme left of line on north  side of Little Round Top. Morning of July 2 moved to Culp’s Hill and at evening moved as far as Rock Creek to  reenforce the left. Returned  to Culp’s Hill during the night  and on morning of July 3 was engaged where this monument stands until 11 a.m. in repulsing the enemy and retaking the Union works.

Cincinnati Regiment

From the rear:

5th Ohio Infantry
Organized June 21, 1861
Mustered out July 26, 1865
Principal Engagements
Blue’s Gap
Winchester-1862
Lewiston-Near Port Republic
Cedar Mountain
Antietam
Dumfries
Chancellorsville
Gettysburg
Wauhatchie
Lookout Mountain
Rocky Face
Resaca
New Hope Church
Little Kenesaw
Peach Tree Creek
Atlanta
Savannah
Carolina Campaign

5th Ohio Infantry
1st Brigade
2nd Division 12th Corps

Marker showing the position of the 5th Ohio on Little Round Top on July 1

Marker showing the position of the regiment on Little Round Top on July 1

From the marker on the north side of Little Round Top

5th Regt
Ohio Vols.

The 5th Ohio Infantry is also honored on a monument at Antietam.

See more on the history of the 5th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil War