“The Iron Brigade”
The brigade was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Brigadier General Solomon Meredith, a farmer, lawman and state representative from Indiana. “Long Sol” at 6′ 7″ was the tallest general at Gettysburg, beating out John Geary by one inch.
From the monument
July 1. Arrived at 10 A. M. went into position and charged Brig. Gen. Archer’s Brigade in Reynolds’s Woods forced the Confederate line across Willoughby Run capturing Brig. Gen. Archer and many prisoners. The 19th Indiana 24th Michigan and the 2d and 7th Wisconsin retired and formed line in Reynolds Woods the 6th Wisconsin having come to the support of Second Brigade against Brig. Gen. Davis’s Brigade Major Gen. Heth’s Division. At 4 P. M. being outflanked and hard pressed the Brigade retired under a heavy fire of infantry and artillery to Seminary Ridge and thence to Cemetery Hill and to the north slope of Culps Hill and intrenched.
July 2. Repulsed without loss a sharp attack at night. About sunset the 6th Wisconsin went to the support of Third Brigade Second Division Twelfth Corps and assisted in repelling attacks during the night.
July 3. Repulsed a sharp attack in the morning without loss.
Casualties Killed 13 Officers 158 Men Wounded 54 Officers 666 Men Captured or Missing 13 Officers 249 Men Total 1153
Location of the monument to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Corps at Gettysburg
The monument is northwest of Gettysburg on the east side of Meredith Avenue. It is 400 yards south of Chambersburg Road. (39°50’06.9″N 77°15’15.8″W)