Union monuments at GettysburgMaine at Gettysburg

The monument to the 5th Maine Infantry Regiment is south of Gettysburg on the west side of Sedgwick Avenue just north of Wheatfield Road. (Sedgwick Avenue tour map) The state of Maine erected the monument in 1889.

Monument to the 5th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg

Monument to the 5th Maine at Gettysburg

Colonel Clark S. Edwards commanded the 5th Maine at the Battle of Gettysburg. It brought 340 men to the field and suffered no casualties.

The regiment arrived at the battlefield late on July 2. It formed behind the 5th Corps, some of which was giving ground, then advanced to the front and held the position through the night. Late on July 3 the regiment supported the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Corps in an advance through the Wheatfield and the woods on the south. The advance captured about 200 prisoners of Benning’s Georgia Brigade and the colors of the 15th Georgia Infantry Regiment.

6th Corps Headquarters Flag Attached to the 2nd Brigade1st Division6th CorpsArmy of the Potomac 6C-1D
Text from the monument:

5th Maine Infantry

2nd Brig. 1st Div. 6th Corps

Occupied this position from evening of July 2nd until close of battle.

Mustered into the U.S. Service Portland, Me. June 24, 1861. Served with the Army of the Potomac in the field from Bull Run to Petersburg. Mustered out, Portland, June 27,1864.

Location of the monument

The monument is south of Gettysburg on a path about 80 yards west from Sedgwick Avenue. It is about 50 yards north of Wheatfield Road. (39°47’43.1″N 77°14’06.0″W)