Union monuments at Gettysburg > Ohio 


The monument to the 5th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment is southeast of Gettysburg at Pardee Field south of Culp’s Hill. (Culp’s Hill South tour map) A tablet on a boulder a short distance behind the monument marks the location where the first man of the regiment was killed at Gettysburg. A marker on the north side of Little Round Top at Wheatfield Road shows the regiment’s position after its arrival on the battlefield late on July 1. (Little Round Top tour map)

Colonel John H. Patrick, a tailor from Cincinnatti, Ohio, commanded the 5th Ohio Infantry at Gettysburg. The regiment brought 315 men to the field and lost 2 men killed.

There is also a monument to the 5th Ohio Infantry at Antietam.

Monument to the 5th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg

Monument to the 5th Ohio Infantry at Gettysburg. The boulder with the plaque is in the distance to the left of the monument. Sprangler’s Lane ran from the right of the photo, behind the monument, up the hill and in front of the boulder.

Symbolism on the monuments

Both the monument and the tablet on the bolder behind it feature the image of an owl. This was a symbol for the “Wide Awakes,” a militaristic pro-Lincoln Northern political organization whose Cincinnati Chapter sponsored the formation of the 5th Ohio Infantry.

“Boys, keep the colors up!” also appears on both monument and plaque. These were the last words of Captain George B. Whitcom, who was killed at the Battle of Kernstown on March 23, 1862. After four of the 5th Ohio’s color bearers were shot down Captain Whitcom grabbed the colors and shouted the command before he was struck over the eye and killed.

Just beneath the owl (which is perched under the shelter of a pair of knapsacks), the monument also features the star that was the symbol of the 12th Corps on the front as well as the sides. A relief of a bayoneted rifle crossed with the national colors is on the front face. The monument was dedicated on September 14, 1887.

12th Corps Headquarters flag 12th Corps, 2nd Division Headquarters flag

Main monument to the 5th Ohio Infantry

Monument to the 5th Ohio Infantry at Gettysburg

From the front of the monument

Boys, keep the colors up

5th Ohio Infantry
1st Brigade
2nd Division, 12th Corps

Erected by the State of Ohio

From the right side of the monument

5th Ohio Infantry
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Gettysburg
July 1.2.3. 1863
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Present for duty 315.
Killed 2
Wounded 6
Total Loss 18
Cincinnati Regiment

Monument to the 5th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg

View of the front and side of the monument. The monument to the 147th Pennsylvania is in the distance on the extreme left of the photo.

From the left side of the monument

5th Ohio Infantry
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Arriving in position at 5 p.m. July 1. Was detached and held extreme left of line on north  side of Little Round Top. Morning of July 2 moved to Culp’s Hill and at evening moved as far as Rock Creek to  reenforce the left. Returned  to Culp’s Hill during the night  and on morning of July 3 was engaged where this monument stands until 11 a.m. in repulsing the enemy and retaking the Union works.

Cincinnati Regiment

From the rear of the monument

5th Ohio Infantry
Organized June 21, 1861
Mustered out July 26, 1865
Principal Engagements
Blue’s Gap
Winchester-1862
Lewiston-Near Port Republic
Cedar Mountain
Antietam
Dumfries
Chancellorsville
Gettysburg
Wauhatchie
Lookout Mountain
Rocky Face
Resaca
New Hope Church
Little Kenesaw
Peach Tree Creek
Atlanta
Savannah
Carolina Campaign

5th Ohio Infantry
1st Brigade
2nd Division 12th Corps

Boulder with the badge of the 5th Ohio Infantry

The badge of the 5th Ohio Infantry is on a boulder a short distance to the left and behind the main monument.

Tablet of the 5th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg

Boulder with the badge of the 5th Ohio Infantry

Badge of the 5th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg

Location of the monument to the 5th Ohio Infantry at Gettysburg

The monument to the 5th Ohio is south of Gettysburg on Culp’s Hill. It is on the west side of Geary Avenue about 100 yards southwest of its intersection with Slocum Avenue. (39°49’02.3″N 77°13’10.6″W)

Position marker on the north side of Little Round Top

Marker showing the position of the 5th Ohio on Little Round Top on July 1

Marker showing the position of the regiment on Little Round Top on July 1

From the marker:

5th Regt
Ohio Vols.

Location of the position marker for the 5th Ohio Infantry at Gettysburg

The marker is on the north side of Little Round Top. It is on the southwest corner of the intersection of Sykes Avenue and Wheatfield Road.(39°47’40.5″N 77°14’03.7″W)

See more on the history of the 5th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil War