Union monuments at Gettysburg > Wisconsin

The monument to the 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment is west of Gettysburg on Meredith Avenue. (39.83555° N, 77.25387° W; Tour map: Stone and Meredith Avenues)

Markers for the regiment and its Company F show their positions on Culp’s Hill on July 2 and 3.(39.820135° N, 77.222713° W; Tour map: Steven’s Knoll; Google maps for all 2nd Wisconsin monuments)

The monument and both markers were dedicated by the State of Wisconsin on June 30th,1888.

Monument to the 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment on the Gettysburg battlefield

About the monument to the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry

The monument is made of pink and white granite and stands 13′ tall. At the top is the five-sided symbol of the Iron Brigade. The circle symbol of the Union First Army Corps is on the front of the monument, with its red color denotes the 1st Division. Below the circle is a relief of one of the Iron Brigade’s distinctive Black Hats.

The 2nd Wisconsin Infantry at Gettysburg

The 2nd Wisconsin Infantry was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel Lucius Fairchild. He was wounded on July 1st, losing his arm but surviving to later become Governor of Wisconsin. Lieutenant-Colonel Stevens had already been mortally wounded, and Major John Mansfield briefly took command of the regiment until he, too, was wounded. Captain George H. Otis then took over.

The regiment reached the field in the morning of Juy 1st and launched a counterattack against the Confederate Brigade of James Archer. Archer’s Brigade was taken by surprise and suffered heavy casualties. Private Patrick Maloney of the 2nd Wisconsin’s Company G captured Confederate General James Archer near Willoughby Run, the first of general officer of the Army of Northern Virginia to be captured in the war.

Confedrate reinforcements continued to arrive through the day and after several hours of heavy fighting the Union line north and west of Gettysburg collapsed. Private Maloney did not survive the day’s fighting.

The regiment’s survivors retreated south of Gettysburg to Cemetery Hill. Only 69 men were still fit for duty at the end of the fighting on July 1. They were posted to the north flank of Culp’s Hill, which they held for the rest of the battle.

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Monument to the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry

From the front of the main monument:

2nd Reg. Wis. Vol. Inf.,
1st Brigade 1st Division 1st Corps

Position July 2 & 3 on Culp’s Hill
Iron Brigade
July 1st 1863

From the left (north) side:

Effective strength
July 1st 1863
Killed 26
Wounded 155
Missing 52
Aggregate 233

From the right (south) side:

Mustered into U.S. Service June 18, 1861

From the rear:

Total strength of Reg. 1272
Killed in Action 168
Wounded in Action 654
Died of Wounds 96
Died of Disease 86

Markers for the 2nd Wisconsin on Culp's Hill at Gettysburg

Position markers for the regiment (farthest)
and Company F (closest) on Culp’s Hill

From the 2nd Wisconsin marker on Culp’s Hill:

2nd Wis. Regt. July 2nd & 3d 1863

From the Company F marker on Culp’s Hill:

Co. F 2nd Wis. Vols.

By L.C. Cosmes 1883

Flank markers for the 2nd and 7th Wisconsin

Flank markers for the 2nd and 7th Wisconsin