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There are two monuments to the 148th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment on the Gettysburg battlefield.

The 148th Pennsylvania’s main monument is in the Wheatfield along Ayers Avenue. (39.795958° N, 77.241974° W; Tour map: Ayers Avenue – Wheatfield)

Monument to the 148th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettybsurg

A smaller monument along Hancock Avenue was erected in 1901. It shows the regiment’s position in support of artillery batteries after the evening of July 2. (39.805447° N, 77.234837° W; Tour map: Hancock Avenue Part 1Google maps to both monuments)

About the main monument

The granite monument is just over 14 feet tall. It is capped with a carved set of military equiment, including a drum, knapsack, rifle and canteen, all draped with a flag. The trefoil symbol of the Second Corps is on the center of each side between short, fluted columns, and a brass tabet of the Coat of Arms of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is on the front. The monument was dedicated by the State of Pennsylvania on September 11, 1889.

The 148th Pennsylvania at Gettysburg

The commander of the 148th Pennsylvania, Colonel James Beaver, was on sick leave during the Battle of Gettysburg. On June 30th brigade commander Colonel Edward Cross took the unusual step of temporarily transfering the commander of the 81st Pennsylvania Infantry, Colonel Henry B. McKeen, to command the 148th. With the big battle he knew to be coming he felt the regiment needed a firmer hand than its inexperienced Lt. Colonel Robert McFarlane, especially since it represented half the strength of his brigade.

McFarlane still took over the regiment on July 2 when the mortal wounding of Colonel Cross put Colonel McKeen in command of the brigade as senior surviving colonel.

2nd Corps Headquarters Flag 2C-1D

From the front of the Wheatfield monument:

148th Penna. Infantry
1st Brig. 1st Div. 2d Corps

From the left side:

The Regiment engaged the enemy on this position in the afternoon of July 2nd 1863.

Present at Gettysburg 468 offices and men
Killed and died of wounds 2 officers, 25 men
Wounded 5   ”   88   ”
Captured or missing 5   ”
Total 125

From the right side:

Recruited in Centre, Clarion, Indiana and Jefferson Counties.
Organized September 1, 1862.
Mustered out June 1, 1865.

Total enrollment 1370
Killed and died of wounds, 13 officers 190 men
Died of disease, etc. 4  officers 170 men
Wounded, 28 officers 512 men
Captured or missing, 4 officers 168 men
Total 1089

From the rear:

Chancellorsville, Cold Harbor,
Gettysburg,    Petersburg
Auburn,    Strawberry Plains
Bristoe Station,    Deep Bottom
Mine Run,    Reams’ Station
Wilderness,    Petersburg
Spotsylvania,    Hatcher’s Run
North Anna,    South Side R.R.
Totopotomy, 
   Farmville
Appomattox.

Monument to the 148th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment on Hancock Avenue at Gettysburg

From the Hancock Avenue monument:

148th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry
1st Brigade, 1st Division 2d Corps
Occupied this position July 3 1863

Monument to the 148th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettybsurg

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