The monument to the 6th United States Infantry Regiment is south of Gettysburg on Ayers Avenue. (Ayers Avenue – Loop tour map) It was commanded at Gettysburg by Captain Levi C. Bootes, a career Army officer from Washington. Bootes had been wounded at Antietam, and was wounded again at Gettysburg, where he was brevetted Colonel for his “gallantry and meritorious service.”
From the monument:
Army of the Potomac
Second Division, First Brigade
Sixth U.S. Infantry
Captain Levi C. Bootes commanding
July 2 Arrived in the morning and took position near the line of the Twelfth Corps. The Regiment with the Brigade moved from the right to the left of the line and at 5 p.m. advanced across Plum Run near Little Round Top and supported the Second Brigade in its advance to the crest of the rocky wooded hill beyond and facing to the left engaged the Confederates but returned under a deadly fire on both flanks and from the rear after the Confederates got possession of the Wheatfield in the rear of the Brigade and took position on Little Round Top.
July 3 Remained in the same position
July 4 The Regiment with the Brigade made a reconnaissance and developed a force of the Confederate Infantry and Artillery in front.
Casualties: killed 4 men, wounded 1 officer and 39 men.
Location of the monument to the 6th United States Infantry at Gettysburg
The monument is south of Gettysburg on the southeast side of the Ayers Avenue loop. (39°47’41.3″N 77°14’27.5″W)