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The monument to the 53rd Pennsylvania Volunteers is south of Gettysburg on Brooke Avenue. (39.7951° N, 77.2470° W; Google map; Tour map: Brooke Avenue)


About the monument to the 53rd Pennsylvania

The monument consists of a 8′ 7″ tall statue of a fully equipped infantryman supported by a granite base. The soldier is wearing a greatcoat and carrying a knapsack, bedroll, canteen and cartridge box. He stands in a confident pose, bayoneted rifle at his side and thumb in his belt.

The square base is 9′ 7″ tall, for an overall height of a little over 18′ for the monument. The base is inscribed on the front and sides and has a tablet of the state Coat of Arms on the front just above the base. The monument was dedicated by the State of Pennsylvania on September 11, 1889.

The 53rd Pennsylvania at Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Richards McMichael, a carpenter from Reading who was a veteran of the Mexican War. It brought 15 officers and 120 enlisted men to the field in seven companies. Companies A, B and K were detached as division provost guard.

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See Lt. Colonel McMichael ‘s Official Report on the 53rd Pennsylvania in the Battle of Gettysburg

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From the front of the monument:

53rd Pennsylvania Infantry,
4th Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Corps.

July 2, about 5 p.m. the Regiment deployed with the Brigade on the  northerly side of and charged through the Wheatfield, driving the enemy, and continuing the advance to this position, holding it until  ordered to retire. July 3, in position with Division on  left centre. Carried into action 135 officers and men. Killed, men 7. Wounded, officers 11, men 56. Captured or missing, men 6. Total 80.

From the left side:

Recruited in the counties of Montgomery, Chester,  Huntingdon, Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Union, Carbon, Luzerne, Potter, Juniata, Nothumberland, and Westmoreland.

Mustered in, November 7, 1861.
Re-enlisted, December 22, 1863.
Mustered out, June 30, 1865.
Total enrollment, 2080.
Killed and died of wounds: officers 4, men 196.
Wounded, officers 31, men 506.
Captured or missing, officers 3, men 163.
Total 903.

From the right side:

Peach Orchard,
Fair Oaks,
Gaines’ Mill,
Savage’s Station,
White Oak Swamp,
Malvern Hill,
Bristoe Station,
Mine Run

North Anna,
Cold Harbor,
Strawberry Plains,
Deep Bottom,
Reams’ Station,
Hatcher’s Run,
South Side R.R.,


See more on the 53rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil War