“Second Regiment Bucktail Brigade”

There are two monuments to the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers on the Gettysburg battlefield. (39.83688° N, 77.25223° W; Tour map: Stone & Meredith Avenues) The main monument is west of town on Stone Avenue. It was dedicatd in 1889 by the State of Pennsylvania. (Google maps to both monuments)

Monument to the 150th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg

A second monument on Hancock Avenue shows the regiment’s position on July 2 and 3. It was erected by the regiment’s survivors in 1888. (39.810648° N, 77.235518° W; Monument map – Hancock Avenue Pt. 3)

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

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 then took command of the regiment.

The 150th Pennsylvania brought almost 400 men to Gettysburg in nine companies.

Company K never served with the regiment in the field. When the regiment first arrived in Washington the company had been 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.

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. “
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See Lt. Colonel Huidekoper’s and Captain Jones’ Official Reports of the 150th Pennsylvania in the Gettysburg Campaign
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From the front of the Stone Avenue monument:

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

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

Side view of the wide but thin Stone Avenue monument

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.

Monument to the 150th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg

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.

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.

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.

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.

See more about the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil War