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The monument to the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment is northwest of Gettysburg on Doubleday Avenue, the site of the regiment’s position during the fighting on July 1st. (Doubleday & Robinson Avenues tour map) It was dedicated by the State of Pennsylvania in 1889.

Three position markers were erected in 1883. A marker about 80 yards west of the monument on Oak Ridge shows the extent of the regiment’s charge on July 1st.  A marker south of Gettysburg on Cemetery Ridge shows the regiment’s position during the evening of July 2nd.  A marker in Ziegler’s Grove shows the regiment’s final position from July 3 to July 6.

Monument to the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg

1st Corps Headquarters Flag Attached to the 2nd Brigade2nd Division, 1st Corps, Army of the Potomac 1C-2D

The 88th Pennsylvania Infantry was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Major Benezet F. Foust. He was wounded on July 1st, and Captain Edmund A. Mass then took command. When Captain Mass was captured Captain Henry Whiteside took over the regiment.

The Medal of honor as it looked at the time of the Civil War First Sergeant Edward L. Gilligan of Company E was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on July 3rd when he “Assisted in the capture of a Confederate flag by knocking down the color sergeant.”
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Main monument to the 88th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gerrysburg

Monument to the 88th Pennsylvania at GettysburgFrom the main monument:

From the left side of the monument:

About noon, July 1st 1863, the regiment was in line along the Mummasburg
Road, 200 yards S.E. of this monument. Later it changed direction and formed here,
charged forward and captured two battle flags and a number of prisoners.
at 4 p.m. the Division was overpowered and forced through the town.

July 2nd the regiment was in position facing the Emmitsburg Road and on
July 3rd at Ziegler’s Grove, as indicated by markers.
Number engaged, 296. Killed and mortally wounded, 7.
Wounded, 52. Captured or missing, 31.

From the right side of the monument:

Recruited in Philadelphia and Reading. Mustered in September 1861.
Re-enlisted January 1864. Mustered out June 30th 1865.

Engagements:
Cedar Mountain, Rappahannock Station, Thoroughfare Gap,
Second Bull Run, Chantilly, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville,
Gettysburg, Mine Run, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna,
Totopotomoy, Bethesda Church, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Weldon R.R.,
Dabney’s Mill, Boydton Road, Five Forks, Appomattox.

Location of the main monument to the 88th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg

The main monument to the 88th Pennsylvania is northwest of Gettysburg on the west side of Doubleday Avenue, 500 feet south of Mummasburg Road. (39°50’36.3″N 77°14’31.5″W)

July 1 afternoon position marker

Marker for the 88th Pennsylvania Infantry on Oak Ridge at Gettysburg

Marker for the regiment on Oak Ridge

From the position marker to the west of the monument:

On the
afternoon of
July 1st 1863
the regiment charged to this point
capturing two battle flags and
a number of prisoners.

88 PA. Vol.
2nd Brigade 2nd Division 1st Corps

Erected by the survivors
August 27, 1883

Location of the July 1 afternoon position marker for the 88th Pennsylvania

The 88th Pennsylvania’s July 1 afternoon position marker is on the northwest side of Gettysburg, 78 yards west of the regiment‘s main monument on the west side of Doubleday Avenue. (39° 50.615′ N, 77° 14.575′ W)

July 2nd position marker on Cemetery Ridge

Marker for the 88th Pennsylvania Infantry on Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg

The marker is on Hancock Avenue south of the State of Pennsylvania Monument. (Tour map: Hancock Avenue Part 1)

From the Cemetery Ridge marker along Hancock Avenue:

Held this position
from the evening of
July 2nd 1863
until the morning of July 3rd.
The principal monument is erected on
Oak Ridge, scene of the first day’s battle.

88 PA. Vol.
2nd Brigade 2nd Division 1st Corps

Erected by the survivors
August 27, 1883

Location of the July 2nd evening position marker on Cemetery Ridge

The marker to the position of the 88th Pennsylvania on the evening of July 2 is south of Gettysburg on the west side of Hancock Avenue about 100 feet south of Humphreys Avenue and just south of the State of Pennsylvania Monument. (39°48’23.4″N 77°14’06.0″W)

July 3rd position marker for the 88th Pennsylvania in Ziegler’s Grove

Marker for the 88th Pennsylvania Infantry in Ziegler's Grove at Gettysburg

Marker for the 88th Pennsylvania in Ziegler’s Grove

The marker is just east of the termination of Hancock Avenue along Cyclorama Avenue. (Hancock Avenue at Ziegler’s Grove tour map)

From the Ziegler’s Grove marker:

Arrived here in time to assist
in repelling the enemy’s charge
on July 3rd 1863 and
remained until the morning of
July 6th

88 PA. Vol.
2nd Brigade 2nd Division 1st Corps

Men engaged 294
”  killed 18
”  wounded 50
”  missing 53
Erected by survivors
August 27, 1883.

The principal monument is erected
on Oak Ridge the scene of the first
day’s battle

Location of the marker to the 88th Pennsylvania’s position on the evening of July 3

The marker to the position of the 88th Pennsylvania on the evening of July 3rd in Ziegler’s Grove is south of Gettysburg on Cyclorama Drive about 60 yards east of Hancock Avenue. Location: 39.81698° N, 77.23414° W

See more on the history of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil War

Marker in Ziegler's Grove at Gettysburg for the 88th Pennsylvania Infantry

Position marker at Ziegler’s Grove before the woods were cut