Union monuments at Gettysburg > Illinois

The monument to the 82nd Illinois Infantry Regiment is north of Gettysburg on Howard Avenue just west of Carlisle Road. (Howard Avenue West tour map) The State of Illinois erected and dedicated the monument in 1891.

Monument to the 82nd Illinois Infantry at Gettysburg

The photo looks south across the athletic fields of Gettysburg College, with the town in the distance.

11th Corps Headquarters Flag Attached to the 1st Brigade3rd Division11th Corps, Army of the Potomac 11C-3D

The 82nd Illinois Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg

Lieutenant Colonel Edward Salomon commanded the 82nd Illinois Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg. He was a lawyer from Chicago. The regiment brought 347 men to the battle, of whom 4 were killed, 19 were wounded, and 89 were reported missing.

Captain Emil Frey of Company H was captured during the first day’s fighting at Gettysburg. He survived his imprisonment and was released. Frey went on to become the first Swiss Ambassador to the United States, and later became President of the Swiss Confederation.

Text from the front of the monument:

82nd Ill. Inf.

1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 11th Corps.
First line of Battle, July 1, 1863.

From the right (west) side of the monument:

Moved in retreat to Cemetery Hill July 1, 1863

From the left (west) side of the monument:

Occupied the crest of Cemetery Hill, July 2 & 3, 1863.

From the rear of the monument:

Participated in repulse of Ewell’s Corps on night of July 2. 1863.  Regiment lost during the three days battle 112 killed wounded and missing.

Location of the monument to the 82nd Illinois Infantry at Gettysburg

The monument to the 82nd Illinois Infantry is north of Gettysburg. It is on the south side of Howard Avenue, and is about 110 yards west of Carlisle Road. (39°50’34.2″N 77°13’56.5″W)

See more on the history of the 82nd Illinois Infantry Regiment in the Civil War