There are two monuments to the 17th Connecticut Volunteers on the Gettysburg batlefield. Both were dedicated on June 24, 1884 by the survivors of the regiment and the State of Connecticut.
The first is north of Gettysburg on Howard Avenue at Barlow's Knoll. (39.84544° N, 77.2262° W; map)
The second is southeast of town on Wainwright Avenue at the foot of East Cemetery Hill. (39.822632° N, 77.228115° W; map)
The flagpole on Barlow's Knoll also commemorates the 17th Connecticut.
About the Barlow Knoll monument
The monument on Barlow's Knoll is a white granite sarcohagus standing 8' tall and 7' wide. A relief of the Coat of Arms of the State of Connecticut is is in the middle of the front, flanked by two raised stone tablets inscribed with the names of those killed or mortally wounded in the battle. Two additional tablets are on either side of the monument, which marks the regiment's position on the afternoon of July 1st.
About the Wainwright Avenue monument
The 17th Connecticut's secondary monument is a 19' 8" tall granite shaft. The Coat of Arms of the State of Connecitcut is on the front of the lower portion, with a relief of the crescent moon symbol of the Eleventh Corps and a laurel leaf of victory on the upper shaft and the regimental number on the front of the cap. The monument marks the location where the colors of a Louisiana regiment were captured during the attack on July 2nd.
The 17th Connecticut at the Battle of Gettysburg
The 17th Connecticut was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Fowler. He was killed on July 1st, and Major Allen Brady took command. The regiment brought 386 men to Gettysburg, of whom 20 were killed, 81 wounded and 96 missing.
From the Barlow's Knoll monument
From the raised stone tablet on the left front:
Lieut. Col. Douglas Fowler
From the raised stone tablet on the right front:
Capt. James E. Moore
17th Conn. Vol's.
From the right side:
Priv. Richard B. Taylor,
From the left side:
Sergt. Edwin D.Pickett
From the rear of the Barlow's Knoll monument:
Erected by the survivors
17th Conn. Vol's.
The Howard Avenue monument is signed, "W.H. Curtis, Stratford, Conn."
The flagpole commemorative tag reads:
From the front of the Wainwright Avenue monument:
17th Conn. Vol's
From the right (north (side):
This memorial is erected
From the rear:
After a fierce contest with
(above) Monument to the 17th Connecticut on Barlow's Knoll- enlarge
(below) Rear of the Barlow's Knoll monument - enlarge
(above) The flagpole on Barlow's Knoll is an official monument
to the 17th Connecticut Infantry Regiment.
(below) Tag from flagpole
(below) Monument to the 17th Connecticut on Wainwright Avenue
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