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There are two monuments to the 27th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment on the Gettysburg battlefield. The original monument was erected in 1884 on Coster Avenue in Gettysburg, where the regiment covered the retreat of the Eleventh Corps on July 1. The main monument was erected southeast of Gettysburg on East Cemetery Hill.

The 27th Pennsylvania infantry was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel Lorenz Cantador. It brought 324 men to the field.

11th Corps Headquarters Flag Attached to 1st Brigade, 2d Division, 11th Corps, Army of the Potomac 11C-2D

Original monument to the 27th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg

Monument on Coster Avenue to the 27th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg

Monument on Coster Avenue to the 27th Pennsylvania Infantry

From the front of the monument:

27th Reg’t. Pa. Vol’s.
1st Brigade 2d Division 11th Corps
July 1st, 2d, 3d 1863

From the rear of the monument:

Mustered in May 5th 1861

Location of the original monument to the 27th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg

The Coster Avenue monument to the 27th Pennsylvania is on the northeast side of Gettysburg. Coster Avenue is a pedestrian-only extension of E. Stevens Street east of Hazel Alley. The monument is 20 yards east of Hazel Alley on the south side of Coster Avenue. (39°50’06.4″N 77°13’40.8″W)

Main monument to the 27th Pennsylvania Infantry

Coster Avenue monument to the 27th Pennsylvania at Gettysburg

When Pennsylvania appropriated funding for monuments for its Civil War regiments the surviving veterans decided to use it to erect a second, larger monument where the regiment fought on July 2 and 3 southeast of Gettysburg on East Cemetery Hill. (East Cemetery Hill tour map). This main monument was dedicated in 1889 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

From the front of the monument:

July 1, 1863. The Regiment moved with
the Brigade on the afternoon to N.E.
side of Gettysburg where it became actively
engaged covering the retreat of the
Corps. It then withdrew to this position
where after dark of the 2nd it assisted
in repulsing a desperate assault of
the enemy. It subsequently moved
into the cemetery where it remained
until the close of battle.

Present at Gettysburg
19 officers and 305 men.
Killed and mortally wounded
2 officers and 7 men.
Wounded 3 officers and 23 men.
Captured 1 officer and 75 men. Total 111.

27th Pennsylvania Infantry
1st Brigade 2nd Division 11th Corps

Coster Avenue monument to the 27th Pennsylvania at Gettysburg

From the left side of the monument:

Cross Keys   Gettysburg
Rappahannock River    Hagerstown
Groveton    Missionary Ridge
2nd Bull Run    Rocky Face Ridge
Chancellorsville    Resaca
Dallas

From the right side of the monument:

Organized in Philadelphia.
Mustered in May 31, 1861.
Mustered out June 11, 1864.

Location of the main monument to the 27th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg

The Cemetery Hill monument to the 27th Pennsylvania is south of Gettysburg about 40 yards northeast of Baltimore Street across from the gate to the National Cemetery. (39°49’19.4″N 77°13’46.9″W)

See more on the history of the 27th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil War