There are two monuments to the 75th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment on the battlefield of Gettysburg. The original monument is southeast of town in the National Cemetery (National Cemetery tour map) The main monument is north of Gettysburg on Howard Avenue. (Howard Avenue East tour map)
The regiment was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel Francis Mahler. Colonel Mahler was mortally wounded on the 1st, and died on July 4. Major August Ledig took command of the regiment.
|Attached to the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 11th Corps, Army of the Potomac|
Main monument to the 75th Pennsylvania Infantry
Like many Pennsylvania regiments who had already erected monuments, the survivors of the 75th Pennsylvania chose to erect a second, larger, monument when the state allocated funding for monuments in the 1880s. It was dedicated in 1888 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and was placed on Howard Avenue, where the regiment fought on July 1.
From the front of the Howard Avenue monument:
75th Pennsylvania Infantry
2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 11th Corps
July 1. Fought on this position from 2 p.m. until the Corps retired.
July 2 & 3. Held position at stone wall near the Cemetery as shown by monument there.
Present at Gettysburg 258
Killed, officers 3, men 16
Wounded, officers 5, men 89
Captured or missing, men 3
Total loss 111.
From the rear of the monument:
Recruited at Philadelphia.
Mustered in August 9, 1861.
Reenlisted January 2, 1864.
Mustered out September 1, 1865.
From the right side of the monument:
Cross Keys, Freeman’s Ford, Groveton, 2nd Bull Run Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wauhatchie, Chattanooga
Location of the main monument to the 75th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg
The main monument to the 75th Pennsylvania Infantry is north of Gettysburg on the south side of Howard Avenue about 150 yards east of Carlisle Road. (39°50’36.0″N 77°13’46.6″W)
Secondary monument to the 75th Pennsylvania Infantry
This was the original monument to the 75th Pennsylvania, dedicated in 1876 by the survivors of the regiment. It was placed in the National Cemetery at the position the regiment fell back to on the evening of July 1 and held throughout the rest of the battle.
From the monument in the National Cemetery:
Location of the secondary monument to the 75th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg
The secondary monument to the 75th Pennsylvania Infantry is south of Gettysburg about 50 yards west of Baltimore Pike gate to the National Cemetery in between the service building and the statue of General Reynolds. (39°49’16.8″N 77°13’49.2″W)