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There are two monuments to the 29th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment on the Gettysburg battlefield. Both are a short distance apart southeast of Getysburg on Culp’s Hill along Slocum Avenue.

The 29th Pennsylvania Infantry was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel William Rickards of Philadelphia. It brought 485 men to the field, losing 15 killed, 43 wounded and 8 missing.

12th Corps Headquarters flag 12th Corps, 2nd Division Headquarters flag

Main monument to the 29th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg

Main monument to the 29th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment

The larger monument was the second monument to the regiment at Gettysburg, dedicated in 1889 when funds were made available by the State of Pennsylvania.  (South Culp’s Hill tour map)

From the front of the main monument:

July 2. Position of the Regiment. At 7 p.m.
the Brigade was withdrawn, and on returning
during the night found the enemy in these works
the Regiment took position in rear of this line
with its right as indicated by the tablet
erected to the left and rear; and from there
a charge of the enemy at day light of the 3rd
was repulsed after a contest of over seven hours
in which the regiment participated it reoccupied and
held the works until the close of the battle.

29th Pennsylvania Infantry
2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 12th Corps

From the left side:

Recruited in Philadelphia.
Mustered in July 1861.
Re-enlisted Dec. 8, 1863.
Mustered out July 17, 1865.

From the right side:

Present at Gettysburg 485
Killed 15
Wounded 43
Captured or missing 8

Main monument to the 29th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg

Location of the main monument

The main monument to the 29th Pennsylvania is south of Gettysburg on the west side of Slocum Avenue just before the loop down to Geary Avenue. Slocum Avenue is one way northbound. (39°48’59.3″N 77°13’06.3″W)

 

Secondary monument to the 29th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment

The smaller monument is about 160 yards to the west. It was the first monument to the regiment on the battlefield, erected in 1885 by the regimental association. (South Culp’s Hill tour map)

Smaller monument to the 29th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg

From the front of the smaller monument:

Gettysburg
29th Reg. Penn. Vols.
Col. Wm. Rickards, Jr.
July 2nd and 3rd.
Wolf’s Hill July 1st 1863.

From the right side:

2nd Brigade
Brig. Gen. Thomas Kane
12th Corps
Brig. Gen. A, S, Williams.
Right Wing
Maj. Gen. H. W. Slocum

From the left side:

Regiment
Organized June 10th 1861
By Col. John K. Murphy
The First Volunteer Regiment to reenlist
December 9th 1863
Mustered out July 27th 1865

From the rear:

Killed
J. Mc Keever 2nd Lieut. A.
E. J. Harvey 2nd Lieut. K.
C. H. Letford Sergt. Major
A. E. Thomas 1st sergt H.
E. N. Sommerkamp Sergt I.
J. Lower Sergt K.
W. Louder Corpl. I.
J. Morford Co. A.
D. Hanna Co. A.
T. Acton Co. B.
C. H. Warner Co. B.
E. Mc Laughlin Co. I.
J. Morrow Co. I.
J. Watson, Co. I.
J. Applegate Co. K.
R. S. Hews Co.K.
R. Lockhart Co. K.
Wounded
–41–

Location of the secondary monument

The secondary monument to the 29th Pennsylvania is south of Gettysburg 30 yards west of Slocum Avenue just before the intersection with Williams Avenue. Slocum Avenue is one way northbound. (39°49’00.8″N 77°13’12.1″W)

Left Flank marker of the 29th Pennsylvania (left) next to the Right Flank marker of the 111th Pennsylvania (right)

Left Flank marker of the 29th Pennsylvania (left) next to
the Right Flank marker of the 111th Pennsylvania (right)

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