(42nd Pennsylvania Infantry)
“Bucktails” “1st Rifles”

The monument to the 13th Pennsylvania Reserves Regiment is south of Gettysburg on Ayers Avenue. (39.79525° N, 77.24135° W; Google map; Tour map: Ayers Avenue – Loop) It was dedicated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1890.

Monument to the 13th Pennsylvania Reserves at Gettysburg

The 13th Pennsylvania was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel Charles F. Taylor. He was killed on July 2nd, and Major William R. Hartshorne then took command. A nearby monument to Colonel Charles F. Taylor marks where he was killed.

The Medal of honor as it looked at the time of the Civil War Sergeant James B. Thompson of Company G was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on July 3rd when he captured the flag of the 15th Georgia.
5th Corps Headquarters Flag 5C-3D

From the front of the monument:

Bucktails

From the tablet on the right side:

13th Pennsylvania Reserves
(1st Rifles) 42d Infantry
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1st Brigade 3d Division 5th Corps

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Mustered in May 28 – June 11 1861
Mustered out June 11 1864

Recruited in Tioga Perry Camron Warren Carbon
Elk Chester McLean and Clearfield Counties

Present at Gettysburg 30 officers and 319 men
Killed and died of wounds 2 officers and 9 men
Wounded 8 officers and 27 men
Captured or missing 2 men
Total enrollment 1200

Killed and died of wounds 11 officers and 151 men
Died of disease etc.       1  ”     ”  92  ”
Wounded                      29   ”   ”  395 ”
Captured or missing   12   ”   ”  243 ”
(total)   53  ”  ”  881 ”
Total casualties 934

From the tablet on the left side:

Dranesville Strasburg Woodstock Mount Jackson
Harrisonburg Cross Keys Mechanicsville Gaines’
Mill Glendale or New Market Cross Roads
Malvern Hill Catlett’s Station
Groveton 2d Bull Run South Mountain
Antietam Fredericksburg Gettysburg
Bristoe Station Rappahannock Station
Mine Run Wilderness Spottsylvania North Anna
Totopotomoy Bethesda Church

July 2nd in the evening charged from the hill in rear to this position and held it until the afternoon of July 3rd when the Brigade advanced through the woods to the front and left driving the enemy and capturing many prisoners.

See more on the 13th Pennsylvania Reserves in the Civil War