Union monuments at Gettysburg > Vermont


2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Vermont
Volunteer Infantry Regiments

The monument to the 1st Vermont Brigade is south of Gettysburg on Wright Avenue. (Howe & Wright Avenues tour map) It was dedicated in 1889 by the State of Vermont. The Vermont Brigade is one of the few in the Northern army whose regiments were all from the same state. Even more rare, for a short time in June and July of 1863 there were two all-Vermont brigades in the Army of the Potomac.

Monument to the 1st Vermont Brigade at Gettysburg

The 1st Vermont Brigade is also honored by monuments on the Antietam battlefield and on the Wilderness battlefield.

6th Corps Headquarters Flag 6C-2D

From the left side of the monument:

First Vermont Brigade,

Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Regiments,
Second Brigade, Second Division, Sixth Corps.
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Organized in the summer of 1861 by Major General William F. Smith, and commanded by Brig. Gen. W.T.H. Brooks and Brig. Gen. and Brevet Maj. Gen. L.A. Grant, this brigade fought in whole or part with the Army of the Potomac from the First Bull Run to Appomattox.

Aggregating-including the Eleventh Regiment, for a year part of the brigade, -11,137 officers and men, it gave 2,439 lives to the Union cause. Killed and mortally wounded in action, 1128. Died of disease and by accident, 1009. Died in Confederate prisons, 302. Wounded not mortally 2,265 – Total, 4,704.

From the right side:

Reaching this field by a forced march of thirty two miles in the evening of July 2, the brigade took position on the left Union flank near this point in anticipation of an attack by the enemy and held the same July 3d and 4th.

First Bull Run  Salem Heights Weldon Railroad
Lee’s Mill   Fredericksburg June 5, 63   Charlestown Williamsburg  Gettysburg   Opequon
Golding’s Farm Funkstown  Fisher’s Hill
Savage Station   Rappahannock Sta.  Cedar Creek
White Oak Swamp  Wilderness
Petersburg Mar.29, 65

2nd Vermont: Commanded at Gettysburg by Colonel James H. Walbridge. It brought 528 men to the field and had no casualties. See more on the 2nd Vermont Infantry Regiment in the Civil War

3rd Vermont: Commanded at Gettysburg by Colonel Thomas O. Seaver. It brought 428 men to the field and had no casualties. See more on the 3rd Vermont Infantry Regiment in the Civil War

4th Vermont: Commanded at Gettysburg by Colonel Charles B. Stoughton. It brought 437 men to the field and suffered 1 wounded. See more on the 4th Vermont Infantry Regiment in the Civil War

5th Vermont: Commanded at Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel John R. Lewis. It brought 341 men to the field and had no casualties. See more on the 5th Vermont Infantry Regiment in the Civil War

6th Vermont: Commanded at Gettysburg by Colonel Elisha L. Barney. It brought 362 men to the field and had no casualties. See more on the 6th Vermont Infantry Regiment in the Civil War

Location of the monument

The monument to the First Vermont Brigade is south of Gettysburg on the north side of Wright Avenue about 240 yards west of Taneytown Road. (39°47’05.9″N 77°13’56.6″W)