(40th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment)
The 11th Pennsylvania Reserves was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel Samuel M. Jackson.
From the front of the monument:
11th Pennsylvania Reserves
Mustered in May 9 – July 5th 1861
Mustered out June 13, 1864
Recruited in Cambria, Indiana, Butler, Fayette, Armstrong, Westmoreland and Jefferson Counties
Present at Gettysburg 25 officers and 367 men.
Killed 1 officer and 4 men.
Wounded 2 ” and 33 “
Total enrollment 1200
Killed and died of wounds 11 officers and 185 men
Died of disease etc. 1 ” ” 113 “
Wounded 19 ” ” 260 “
Captured or missing 31 ” ” 727 “
(total) 61 ” ” 1285 “
Total casualties 1346
From the rear of the monument:
July 2nd in the evening charged from the hill in rear to this position and held it until the afternoon of July 3d when the Brigade advanced through the woods to the front and left driving the enemy and capturing many prisoners.
Mechanicsville, Gaines’ Mill, Glendale
or New Market Cross Roads, Malvern Hill
Groveton, Bull Run, South Mountain
Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg
Bristoe Station, Rappahannock Station
Mine Run, Wilderness, Spotsylvania
North Anna, Totopotomoy, Bethesda Church
See more on the 11th Pennsylvania Reserves in the Civil War
Location of the monument to the 11th Pennsylvania Reserves at Gettysburg
The monument to the 11th Pennsylvania Reserves is south of Gettysburg on the east side of Ayers Avenue, just south of Wheatfield Road. (39°47’49.2″N 77°14’24.3″W)
Three Years in the “Bloody Eleventh”:
“This history of the 11th Pennsylvania Reserves is a book of decidedly uncommon merits. Unlike many regimental histories, this one is marked by exhaustive research in the manuscript repositories, and Gibbs shows impressive skill in judiciously evaluating his sources. The resulting narrative affords an excellent balance between human and military content. Make no mistake about it: this is as fine a piece of research as you will find on a regimental-level unit.”
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