The monument to the 14th Vermont Volunteer Infantry Regiment is south of Gettysburg on Hancock Avenue. (Hancock Avenue Part 2 tour map) It was dedicated on October 19, 1899 by the State of Vermont.
The 14th Vermont Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg
Colonel William T. Nicholls commanded the 14th Vermont Infantry commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg. He was an attorney and state representative from Rutland. The regiment brought 647 men to the field, one of the largest regiments in the battle.
The regiment was almost at the end of its nine month enlistment, most of which had been spent picketing rear areas around Washington. It was transferred to the Army of the Potomac just before the Battle of Gettysburg and reached Gettysburg after a hard six day march to join the First Corps on the evening of July 1st.
On July 3rd the 14th Vermont remained in line on Cemetery Ridge while Pickett’s Virginians swept past in their attack towards the Copse of Trees and two other Vermont regiments swung out of the Federal battle line to rake the Virginians in the flank. Then Lang’s Florida Brigade approached the Union lines in support of Pickett. Four companies of the 14th Vermont were ordered to swing out to attack them in the flank, throwing the Floridians back and taking many prisoners.
About the 14th Vermont Infantry monument
The monument is of polished Barre Granite from Vermont that stands 14′ 6″ tall. The shaft of the monument tapers from 3′ 6″ to a point , and stands on a 4′ 6″ diameter base. The front of the spire in inscribed with the regiment’s information.
From the monument:
14th Vermont Volunteers
Col. W. T. Nichols,
July 2 & 3, 1863.
19 killed, 76 wounded.
Location of the monument to the 14th Vermont Infantry at Gettysburg
The monument to the 14th Vermont Infantry is south of Gettysburg on the east side of Hancock Avenue about 65 yards north of Pleasonton Avenue. (39°48’31.8″N 77°14’11.7″W)