The 44th and 140th New York Monuments

Moving closer to the 44th New York monument shows how large it is and brings the monument to the 140th New York into view. The commander of the 44th, Colonel James C. Rice, took over command of Vincent’s Brigade when Vincent was mortally wounded. The right flank of the line was under heavy pressure and starting to crumble from the assault of Hood’s Texans when Colonel Patrick O’Rorke, who had been first in his class at West Point, came over the top of the hill at the head of his 140th New York in column of fours. O’Rorke ordered his men to form line and to commence firing, then went down with a mortal wound to the neck where the regimental monument now stands. The Confederate who shot him from barely 40 feet away became the target for most of the 140th’s opening volley; 17 bullet wounds were counted on his body after the fight. O’Rorke’s 500 men turned the balance, and the Confederate attack on this part of Little Round Top was soon over.

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