The monument to the 2nd United States Infantry Regiment is south of Gettysburg on Ayers Avenue. (Ayers Avenue – Loop tour map) The regiment brought 237 men in six companies (B, C, F, H, I & K) to Gettysburg. It was commanded by Major Arthur T. Lee , who was wounded in the ankle and hip during the advance into the Wheatfield. Major Lee continued in command through the fighting and subsequent withdrawal to the woods north of Little Round Top. On the advice of the regimental surgeon he then turned over command to Captain Samuel A. McKee. Lieutenant Frank C. Goodrich was killed.
From the monument
Army of the Potomac
Second Division, Second Brigade
Second U.S. Infantry
Major Arthur T. Lee and Captain Samuel A. McKee Commanding
July 2 Arrived in the morning and took position with the Brigade on the right of the Twelfth Corps. Skirmished with the Confederates. Later moved to the left. At 5 p.m. formed line with left on north slope of Little Round Top and the right of Brigade line extending into some woods. Advanced across Plum Run and to the crest of the rocky wooded hill in front near the Wheatfield and facing left occupied the stone wall on the edge of the woods. The Confederates having opened fire on the right flank and advanced through the Wheatfield in the rear the Brigade was withdrawn under a heavy infantry fire on both flanks and from the rear and of shot and shell from the Batteries and formed in line at the right of Little Round Top.
July 3 Remained in same position.
Casualties: killed 1 officer and 5 men; wounded 4 officers and 51 men; missing 6 men.
Location of the monument to the 4th United States Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg
The monument to the 2nd United States Infantry Regiment is south of Gettysburg on the south side of Ayers Avenue just as it begins its curve east into the loop on Houck’s Ridge. (39°47’43.6″N 77°14’28.8″W)