Union Monuments at Gettysburg > Massachusetts


The monument to the 32nd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment is south of Gettysburg on Sickles Avenue. (Sickles Ave. at the Rose Woods tour map)

A bronze tablet behind the nearby 5th Michigan monument shows the location of the regiment’s field hospital.

Monument to the 32nd Massachusetts Infantry at Gettysburg

About the monument to the 32nd Massachusetts

The granite monument was designed by a member of the regiment and is a beautiful representation in stone of a tent, about six feet tall by six feet wide. A carved canteen hangs from the front tent pole. The side of the “tent” is inscribed with the regiment’s information above and below the Maltese Cross symbol of the Union Fifth Army Corps. The monument was dedicated on October 8, 1895 by the State of Massachusetts.

The 32nd Massachusetts at Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel George Lincoln Prescott from Concord. It brought 227 men to the field.

5th Corps Headquarters Flag Attached to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division5th Corps, Army of the Potomac Flag for the First Division, Fifth Corps
Text from the monument:

Here the 32nd Massachusetts Infy.
2nd Brig. 1st. Div. 5th A.C.
withstood an attack of the enemy
about 5 o’clock p.m. July 2, 1863.

Withdrawn from here, it fought again in the Wheatfield.
Lost in both actions killed and wounded
79 out of 227 officers and men

Front of the monument to the 32nd Massachusetts Infantry at Gettysburg

Front view of the monument

Side view of the monument to the 32nd Massachusetts Infantry at Gettysburg

Side view of the monument

Hospital tablet for the 32nd Massachusetts

Closeup of the tablet from the 32nd Massachusetts Infantry at Gettysburg

Closeup of the 32nd Massachusetts Field Hospital tablet

Text from the hospital tablet:

Behind this group of rocks on the afternon of July 2nd, 1863,  Surgeon Z. Boylston Adams  placed the field hospital of the  32nd Massachusetts Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 1st Div., 5th Army Corps. 
Established so near the line of battle, many of our wounded escaped capture or death by its timely aid.

Placed by the
Veteran Association of the Regiment.

Tablet marking the location of the Field Hospital of the 32nd Massachusetts Infantry at Gettysburg

Tablet marking the location of the Field Hospital of the 32nd Massachusetts

Location of the monument to the 32nd Massachusetts Regiment

The monument to the 32nd Massachusetts is south of Gettysburg on the south side of Sickles Avenue at the beginning of The Loop in the Rose Woods. (39°47’49.1″N 77°14’45.5″W)

See more on the history of the 32nd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment in the Civil War.