Union monuments at Gettysburg > Wisconsin


The monument to Wisconsin’s Company G, First United States Sharpshooters is southwest of Gettysburg on the west side of  Emmitsburg Road at the intersection with Sickles Avenue. (39.80805° N, 77.2444° W; Tour map: Emmitsburg Rd. & Sickles Ave.) It was dedicated by the State of Wisconsin in 1888.

A marker about 200 yards west of the monument shows the company’s location on July 2 during the battle. (39.809539° N, 77.245793° W; Tour map: Emmitsburg Rd. – Codori Farm; Google map to both Wisconsin Sharpshooter monuments)

Col. Hiram Berdan’s two regiments of sharpshooters were unique in the Union army, using different uniforms, weapons, equipment and tactics from the “line units”. Although formed as United States Army units, each company within the regiments was formed of recruits from a single state. After the war the states (MaineMichigan, Minnesota, New HampshireNew York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Wisconsin) each erected monuments to their respective companies.

The 1st Regiment was commanded at Gettysburg by Colonel Berdan until he took command of the brigade. Lieutenant Colonel Casper Trepp then took over.

The 1st Regiment as a whole brought 371 men to the field and lost 6 killed, 37 wounded and 6 missing.

3rd Corps Headquarters Flag 3C-1D

Monument to the Wisconsin Sharpshooters at Gettysburg

From the monument:

Wisconsin Sharpshooters
Co. G – 1st Regt. – July 2, 1865.
(Berdan’s)

Position held by the company was 200 yards
in advance of this monument.

Marker for the Wisconsin Sharpshooters

Marker for the Wisconsin Sharpshooters in the fields west of Emmitsburg Road

From the marker:

Co. G
1st
W.S.

Monument to the Wisconsin Sharpshooters at Gettysburg