There are two monuments and a position marker to the 106th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment south of Gettysburg. This page gives information about the regiment and the position marker. You can also go to the 106th Pennsylvania Monument on Emmitsburg Road page and to the 106th Pennsylvania Monument on Hancock Avenue page.
The 106th Pennsylvania at Gettysburg
The 106th Pennsylvania was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel William L. Curry, a Philadelphia paperhanger. It brought 335 men to the field, losing 9 killed, 54 wounded and 1 missing.
During the day on July 2nd several companies of the regiment were involved in heavy skirmishing along Emmitsburg Road and around the Bliss farm. As Longstreet’s attack made its way north in the late afternoon the regiment countercharged Wright’s Georgia Brigade, recovering several captured Union artillery pieces and taking many Confederate prisoners. The Emmitsburg Road monument commemorates this fighting.
In the evening most of the 106th Pennsylvania was sent to East Cemetery Hill to help defend the Union batteries there. It arrived too late to take part in throwing back the Confederate attack but was kept because the commanders there had no confidence in their infantry. The position is shown by the marker below.
Two companies and a small detail were left behind near the Copse of Trees with the rest of the brigade and helped repel Pickett’s Charge on the 3rd. The Hancock Road monument shows this location.
A position marker on East Cemetery Hill (see below) shows the regiment’s position on the evening of July 2 and during July 3. (39.82232 N, 77.22944 W; Tour map: East Cemetery Hill)
From the marker on Cemetery Hill:
Position held by the 106th Reg’t P.V.
2nd Brig. 2nd Div. 2nd A.C.
July 3, 1863
Organized Aug. 21, 1861
Mustered out June 30, 1865;
From Balls Bluff to Appomattox
“‘Your batteries can be withdrawn when that regiment runs away”
– Gen. O. O. Howard to Major Osborn
The 106th Pennsylvania is also honored on the Philadelphia Brigade monument at Antietam
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