There are two monuments to the 28th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment on the Gettysburg battlefield. The original monument on Slocum Avenue was dedicated by the State of Pennsylvania in 1885. (Culp’s Hill North tour map) A second monument, dedicated in 1904, is near Rock Creek off South Confederate Avenue. It shows the regiment’s position on the morning of July 2nd. (East Confederate Avenue tour map)
The 28th Pennsylvania was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Captain John H. Flynn. It brought 370 men to the field, losing 3 killed, 23 wounded and 2 missing.
Lieutenant John P. Nicholson of the 28th Pennsylvania would go on to become the Chairman of the Gettysburg National Park Commisssion and is honored by a monument on Hancock Avenue.
|Attached to the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 12th Corps, Army of the Potomac|
Original monument to the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry on Slocum Avenue
The rough-hewn stone monument is inset with a bronze tablet. It is dominated by the five pointed star that is the symbol of the Union 12th Corps. A carved stone forage cap is in the center of the base.
From the front of the Slocum Avenue monument:
28th Penna. Infantry
1st Brig. 2nd Div. 12th Corps
July 3rd 1863
From the back of the monument:
Mustered in June 28th 1861
Re-enlisted December 22d 1863
Mustered out July 18th 1865
Arrived at 3 p.m. July 1st and went into position on the ridge north of Little Round Top at 6.30 a.m. July 2nd moved to Culp’s Hill where the Regiment was advanced to Rock Creek to support the skirmish line. At dark retired and moved with the Brigade returned at about 3 a.m. July 3rd and at 8 a.m. relieved the troops in the breast works. Was relieved in turn and again advanced and occupied the works from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Present at Gettysburg 13 officers and 290 men.
Killed and mortally wounded 6 men. Wounded 1 officer and 19 men. Captured or missing 2 men.
Location of the original monument to the 28th Pennsylvania Inantry Regiment at Gettysburg
The original monument to the 28th Pennsylvania at Gettysburg is on the west side of Slocum Avenue about 280 yards north of the intersection with Williams Avenue. Slocum Avenue is one way northbound. (39°49’09.0″N 77°13’12.5″W)
Main monument to the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment near Rock Creek
From the front of the monument near Rock Creek:
28th Pennsylvania Infantry
First Brigade Second Division Twelfth Corps
From the tablet on the rear of the monument:
The regiment took position here July 2nd abut 8 a.m. Deployed as skirmishers and was engaged with the enemy during the day. Remained until 7 p.m. when it was ordered to rejoin First Brigade.
Location of the main monument to the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg
The main monument to the 28th Pennsylvania is about 1.1 miles south of Gettysburg on East Confederate Avenue, about 80 yards east of the road near the banks of Rock Creek. East Confederate Avenue is one way southbound. (39°49’00.3″N 77°12’53.0″W)