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“Second Regiment Bucktail Brigade”

There are two monuments to the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment on the Gettysburg battlefield.

The 150th Pennsylvania was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel Langhorn Wister until he took over brigade command on July 1. Lieutenant Colonel Henry S. Huidekoper then took over the regiment until he was wounded. Major Chamberlain having already been wounded, Captain George W. Jones took command of the regiment.

The 150th Pennsylvania brought almost 400 men to Gettysburg in nine companies. the Hancock Avenue monument lists a total of 264 casualties out of the 397 engaged: 53 killed, 134 wounded and 77 missing.

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See Lt. Colonel Huidekoper’s and Captain Jones’ Official Reports of the 150th Pennsylvania in the Gettysburg Campaign
The Medal of honor as it looked at the time of the Civil War Lieutenant Colonel Huidekoper and Corporal J. Monroe Reisinger of Company H were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions on July 1st. Huidekoper “While engaged in repelling an attack of the enemy, received a severe wound of the right arm, but instead of retiring remained at the front in command of the regiment” and Reisinger for “Specially brave and meritorious conduct in the face of the enemy. “

The 150th Pennsylvania’s Company K never served with the regiment in the field. When the regiment first arrived in Washington the company was detailed as a personal bodyguard to President Lincoln, which continued until the regiment was mustered out. Keep a sharp eye while watching Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln and you can briefly see a member of Company K, bucktail in his hat, guarding the President.

1st Corps Headquarters Flag

The circle symbol of the First Union Army Corps is featured on both monuments.

Stone Avenue monument

The main monument is west of town on Stone Avenue. (Stone & Meredith Avenues Tour map) It was dedicated in 1889 by the State of Pennsylvania.

Monument to the 150th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg

From the front of the Stone Avenue monument:

150th. Penna. Infantry.
(2d. Regt. Bucktail Brigade.)
2d. Brig. 3d. Div. 1st. Corps.

From the left side:

July 1 The Regiment held this position from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Present at Gettysburg 397.
Killed and mortally wounded 53.
Wounded 134.
Captured or missing 77.

From the rear:

This monument marks the most advanced line facing west, occupied by the regiment. Repeated changes of front were made to meet assaults from the north and west and the right wing charged to R.R. cut. In retiring it made several stands and engaged the enemy. Evening of the 2d moved to support the left and held position on Emmitsburg Road. Morning of the 2d moved to left centre and remained until the close of battle.

 From the right side:

Recruited in Philadelphia, Crawford, McKean, and Union Counties.
Mustered in Aug. – Sept. 1862.
Mustered out June 23, 1865.

Side view of the Stone Avenue monument to the 150th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg

Side view of the Stone Avenue monument

Location of the Stone Avenue monument

The main monument to the 150th Pennsylvania is northwest of Gettysburg on the east side of Stone Avenue, about 120 yards south of Chambersburg Road. Stone Avenue is one way southbound. (39°50’12.8″N 77°15’08.0″W)

Hancock Avenue monument

A second monument along Hancock Avenue shows the regiment’s position on July 2 and 3. It was erected by the regiment’s survivors in 1888. (Hancock Avenue Pt. 3 Tour map)

Monument to the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment on the Gettysburg battlefield

From the Hancock Avenue monument:

2d. Brigade,
3d. Div.
1st Corps.
July 2d. & 3d.
1863.
Erected by
survivors 1888

2d. Regt.
Bucktail Brigade
150th. Regt. P.V.

Monument to the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment on the Gettysburg battlefield

From the left side:

July 1st. This
regiment fought
near Chambersburg
Pike. Beyond the
town, where its
monument stands.
Losing 53 killed,
134 wounded and
77 missing. A total
of 264 out of
397 engaged.

Monument to the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment on the Gettysburg battlefield

From the rear:

July 2d in evening
skirmished to
Emmitsburg Road
in front of this
position, recovering
two guns. Remained
on skirmish line
until morning.

Monument to the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment on the Gettysburg battlefield

From the right side:

July 3d held this
position under
heavy fire until
close of battle.
Recruited in
Phila., Crawford,
McKean, & Union
Counties. Mustered
in Sept. 4, 1862.
Mustered out
June 23, 1865.

Location of the Hancock Avenue monument

The monument showing the position of the 150th Pennsylvania on July 2 and 3 is south of Gettysburg on the east side of Hancock Avenue, about 65 yards southeast of the United States Regulars monument. Hancock Avenue is one way northbound.
(39°48’38.3″N 77°14’07.9″W)