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17th Connecticut
Volunteer Infantry Regiment

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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.


Official Report



From the Barlow's Knoll monument


From the raised stone tablet on the left front:


Lieut. Col. Douglas Fowler
Sergt. Samuel Comstock
Priv. Elephalet Mead
" William S. Gregory
Corpl. Henry Burns
Priv. Michael Fox
" William W. Westlake
" Calvin Nobles


From the raised stone tablet on the right front:


Capt. James E. Moore
Sergt. William O'Douchy,
" August E. Bronson,
" Bethel S. Barnum,
Priv. Frank J. Benson,
" Theodore Blackman,
" Smith Delevan,
" Daniel H. Purdy


17th Conn. Vol's.


From the right side:

Priv. Richard B. Taylor,
" Rufus Warren
" Joseph S. Whitlock,
Corpl. Alvah E. Wilcox,
Priv. William F. Bradley,
" John R. Booth,
" Stephen C. Crofut,
" Wilbur B. Morgan,
" John W. Metcalf


From the left side:

Sergt. Edwin D.Pickett
Priv. John A. Black
" Lawrence Carney,
" Crassius M. Crabbe,
Corpl. James Gordon,
Priv. Francis C. Foote
" James FLynn,
" George H. Gurnsey,
" Francis Nash,
" John Welsh


From the rear of the Barlow's Knoll monument:


Erected by the survivors
of the
17th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers
2nd Brigade 1st Division, 11th Corps
In memory of their gallant comrades
who fell here on the 1st day
and on this battlefield on the 2nd and 3rd days of July,


17th Conn. Vol's.


The Howard Avenue monument is signed, "W.H. Curtis, Stratford, Conn."


The flagpole commemorative tag reads:


by the
17th Conn.
Vol. Ass'n.



From the front of the Wainwright Avenue monument:


17th Conn. Vol's


From the right (north (side):


This memorial is erected
by the
State of Connecticut
honor her brave sons.


From the rear:

After a fierce contest with
Early's Division at Barlow's Knoll
on July 1st, marked by monument
there, this regment formed in
the line of battle on East
Cemetery Hill and on the
evening of July 2nd, took
position here and was engaged
in repulsing the desperate night
assault of Hayes and Hokes


17th Conecticut monument on Barlow's Knoll at Gettysburg
(above) Monument to the 17th Connecticut on Barlow's Knoll- enlarge Enlarge
(below) Rear of the Barlow's Knoll monument - enlarge Enlarge
17th Connecticut Infantry Monument on Howard Avenue at Gettysburg
The flagpole on Barlow's Knoll is an official mon
(above) The flagpole on Barlow's Knoll is an official monument
to the 17th Connecticut Infantry Regiment.
(below) Tag from flagpole
Tag from flagpole that commemorates the 17th Connecticut Infantry
(below) Monument to the 17th Connecticut on Wainwright Avenue

Monument to the 17th Connecticut on Cemetery Hill

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