The monument to the 116th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment is south of Gettysburg on Sickles Avenue. (Sickles Ave. at the Rose Woods tour map)
About the monument to the 116th Pennsylvania
The monument is a nine foot wide granite sepulcher supporting the sculpture of a fallen soldier lying next to a stone wall. The soldier was probably modelled after Sergeant Charles Gardner of the 110th Pennsylvania Infantry. Major Mulholland’s adjutant sketched him after finding the sergeant lying dead on the field with a peaceful smile on his face. The monument was erected in 1888 and dedicated by the State of Pennsylvania on on September 11, 1889.
The 116th Pennsylvania at Gettysburg
Major St. Clair A. Mulholland commanded the 116th Pennsylvania at Gettysburg. He was a Philadelphia painter born in County Antrim, Ireland. Mulholland was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Chancellorsville in May of 1863.
The regiment was reduced to a battalion of four companies by the Battle of Gettysburg. Company B was detached during the battle. It served as the Division Provost Guard.
See Major Mulholland’s Official Report on the 116th Pennsylvania in the Battle of Gettysburg
|Attached to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac|
From the front of the monument:
116th Pennsylvania Infantry
2nd Brig. 1st Div. 2nd Corps
From the rear of the monument:
July 2, 1863
In action 142 officers and men
Killed and wounded 37
Location of the monument to the 116th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg
The monument to the 116th Pennsylvania is south of Gettysburg on the northwest side of Sickles Avenue. It is just after the Loop in the Rose Woods. Sickles Avenue is one way north and west, and must be accessed from the Devils Den area or via Ayers Avenue. (39°47’51.1″N 77°14’45.2″W)