The monument to Brigadier General Samuel K. Zook is south of Gettysburg on Wheatfield Road. (The Wheatfield tour map). It was dedicated in 1882 by the General Zook Post #11, Grand Army of the Republic.
General Zook commanded the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Division of the 2nd Corps at Gettysburg. He was badly wounded on July 2nd as he led his brigade on horseback in an attack into the Wheatfield. He was moved to a tollhouse on the Baltimore Pike, then moved further down the road when it was feared that the Confederate attack might succeed and he might be captured. He died on July 3rd and is buried in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
From the monument
To the memory of
Samuel Kosciusko Zook.
Brevet Major General U.S. Vols.
Who fell mortally wounded at or near
this spot while gallantly leading
his brigade in battle July 2nd 1863.
Erected by Gen. Zook Post. No 11 G.A.R.
of Norristown, Pa.
July 25th. 1882.
Samuel Zook was born in Pennsylvania on March 27, 1822 and grew up playing soldier on the earthworks of Valley Forge. He joined the New York militia in the 1850’s, at the same time becoming a pioneer in telegraphy. He eventually became superintendent of the Washington and New York Telegraph Company. He was Lieutenant Colonel of the 6th New York State Militia when the war began.
After the three month enlistment term of the militia expired in October of 1861 he became colonel of the 57th New York Infantry Regiment . He fought in the Peninsula, but missed Antietam due to medical problems. At Fredericksburg, Zook took his brigade as far as any in the attack on Marye’s Heights, earning promotion to brigadier general.
Location of the monument to Samuel K. Zook at Gettysburg
The monument to Brigadier General Zook is south of Gettysburg on the south side of the Wheatfield Road. It is about 200 yards southeast of the intersection with Sickles Avenue. (39°47’54.3″N 77°14’33.2″W)