The monument to the 96th Pennsylvania Volunteers is south of Gettysburg on Wheatfield Road.(39.796094° N, 77.237696° W; Google map; Tour map: Crawford Ave. & J. Weickert Farm) It was dedicated in 1888 by the State of Pennsylvania.

Monument to the 96th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg

The regiment spent much of the battle holding the line lying in the muddy low ground around Plum Creek. The monument remembers this with a carved footprint in the “mud” next to the prone soldier, only visible from above the monument.

The 96th Pennsylvania was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Major William H. Lessig. It brought 356 men to the field and lost 1 man wounded.

6th Corps Headquarters Flag 6C-1D

From the right (north) side monument:

Position of the 96th Regt. Penna. Volunteers,
2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Corps
from 5 p.m. of the 2nd until the morning
of the 5th of July 1863.

Rear view of the monument to the 96th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg

Rear view of the monument

From the left side (facing Wheatfield road):

Organized at and mustered in at Pottsville,
Schuylkill County Penna. September 28, 1861.
Mustered out at Hestonville West Philadelphia
Penna, October 21 1864.

Top view of the monument to the 96th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg showing the 'muddy footprint' carved in the stone

Top view of the monument showing the ‘muddy footprint’ carved in the stone

See more on the 96th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil War