The monument to the 7th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment is southeast of Gettysburg on East Cemetery Hill. (East Cemetery Hill tour map) It was dedicated on September 28,1898 by the State of West Virginia. Three markers also show the regiment’s positions on East Cemetery Hill and Cemetery Ridge. A marker to the west of Taneytown Road (Taneytown Road tour map) shows the regiment’s position after arriving on the field on July 2nd. A second marker partway up the slope of East Cemetery Hill shows where the regiment stopped and turned back the Confederate attack on the evening of July 2nd. A final marker on Wainwright Avenue at the foot of East Cemetery Hill shows the regiment’s position after the attack and on July 3rd. (Wainwright Avenue tour map)
The 7th West Virginia Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg
The 7th West Virginia was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan H. Lockwood. It brought 319 men to the field, losing 5 killed, 41 wounded and 1 missing.
Main monument to the 7th West Virginia Infantry
The granite monument consists of a base supporting the statue of a standing Union soldier with rifle and greatcoat. The statue actually faces the rear of the monument, with his face to the foe during the attack on the evening of July 2nd.
From the front of the monument:
Sons of the Mountains
7th W Va Veteran
Romney to Appomattox
1st Brigade Carroll
3rd Division 2nd Corps.
At dusk July 2nd Carroll’s
Brigade was ordered by
General Hancock to this point.
On arriving there we found the
Battery about to be taken charge
of by the enemy who were in large
force. Whereupon we immediately
charged on the enemy and succeeded
in completely routing their
entire force and driving them
beyond our lines.
Seventh W. Va. Infantry
From the back of the monument:
Erected by the
State of West Virginia
valor and fidelity
Seventh West Virginia
Location of the monument to the 7th West Virginia Infantry at Gettysburg
The main monument is south of Gettysburg 70 yards northeast of Baltimore Pike and about 90 yards north of the Evergreen Cemetery gatehouse. (39°49’18.1″N 77°13’44.4″W)
Position marker for the 7th West Virginia Infantry on July 2, 8 p.m.
From the July 2 position marker:
7th West Virginia Infantry
July 2, 1863
8 A.M. to 8 P.M.
Location of the position marker for July 2, 8 p.m.
The position marker for July 2 until 8 p.m. is south of Gettysburg 50 yards west of Taneytown Road on the south side of the rock wall. (39°48’57.1″N 77°13’57.8″W)
Position marker July 2, end of charge
From the marker halfway up the slope of East Cemetery Hill from Wainwright Avenue:
7th West Virginia
The end of the charge
July 2, 1863
Location of the position marker for the end of the charge
The second position marker is part way up the slope of East Cemetery Hill (39°49’19.4″N 77°13’42.2″W)
Position marker, July 3
From the marker at the foot of East Cemetery Hill on Wainwright Avenue:
7th West Virginia
July 3, 1863
Location of the July 3 position marker
The July 3 position marker is southeast of Gettysburg on the east side of Wainwright Avenue across from the monument to the 54th New York Infantry. (39°49’19.4″N 77°13’42.2″W)