(41st Pennsylvania Infantry)

The monument to the 12th Pennsylvania Reserves is south of Gettysburg on Big Round Top. (39.7863° N, 77.2393° W; Google map; Tour map: Big Round Top)

Monument to the 12th Pennsylvania Reserves at Gettysburg

About the monument

The monument stands 18′ 6″ tall and is made of alternating rough and polished pink granite segments, with inscriptions on the polished segments. It has the Maltese Cross symbol of the Union Fifth Army Corps and a bronze plaque of the Seal of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on its front. The monument was dedicated in September of 1890 by the State of Pennsylvania.

The 12th Pennsylvania Reserves were commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel Martin D. Hardin (USMA ’59). Hardin was a family friend to Abraham Lincoln and had served as an aide to Robert E. Lee during John Brown’s Harpers Ferry Raid.

5th Corps Headquarters Flag 5C-3D

From the front of the monument:

Pennsylvania Reserves
41st infantry

Mustered in May 30 – July 3, 1861 –
Mustered out June 11, 1864

Recruited in Philadelphia Wyoming Bradford Dauphin Norhampton Westmoreland York Indiana Huntingdon and Franklin Counties

Present at Gettysburg 26 Officers and 294 men
Killed 1 man wounded 1 man

Total enrollment 1100

Killed and died of wounds 1 officer and 112 men;
died of disease etc. 1 officer and 69 men.
Wounded 15 officers and 211 men.
Captured or missing 2 officers and 95 men.
Total Casualties 506

From the rear of the monument:

3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Corps

Dranesville Mechanicsville Gaines Mill Glendale or New
Market Cross Roads Malvern Hill Groveton 2d Bull Run

South Mountain Antietam Fredericksburg Gettysburg Bristoe Station Rappahannock Station Mine Run Wilderness Spottsylvania North Anna Totopotomoy Bethesda Church

Occupied this position on the evening of July 2nd and held it to the close of the battle

Union Colonel (later Brigadier General) Martin D. Hardin

Union Colonel (later Brigadier General) Martin D. Hardin

See more on the 12th Pennsylvania Reserves in the Civil War