Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War
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14th Indiana
Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Second Corps HQ Flag

Attached to the
1st Brigade, 3rd Division,
Second Army Corps

Third Division, Second Corps Flag

 

The monument to the 14th Indiana Volunteers is southeast of Gettysburg on East Cemetery Hill next to the equestrian statue of Major General Winfield S. Hancock. (39.821462° N, 77.228906° W; map) It was dedicated in 1885 by the State of Indiana.

 

The monument is carved of Indiana limestone and is 14' tall. It was originally placed along Wainwright Avenue at the foot of the hill but now stands on the spot where color bearer Isaac Morris was killed on the evening of July 2nd.

 

The regiment was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel John Coons. It brought 236 men to the field, of whom 6 were killed and 25 wounded.

 

 

From the front of the monument:

 

Principal battles in which the 14th Indiana engaged.

Cheat Mountain.
Green Briar.
Winchester.
Antietam.
Fredericksburgh.
Chancellorsville.
Gettysburg.
Mine Run.
Mortons Ford.
Wilderness.
Spottsylvania.
Cold Harbor.

And more than fifty other minor engagements and skirmishes.
Mustered in June 7th 1861.
Mustered out June 7th 1864.

14th Ind.

 

From the rear:

 

On the evening of July 2nd 1863, a determined effort was made by Hay's and Hoke's Brigades of Early's Division of Confederate troops to carry Cemetery Hill by storm. The Union troops supporting the batteries occupying this ground were over whelmed and force to retire. Wiedrich's Battery was captured and two of Rickett's guns were spiked. Carroll's Brigade, then in position south-west of the cemetery was sent to the rescue, advancing in double quick time through the cemetery and across the Baltimore Pike. The men went in with a cheer, the 14th Indiana met the enemy among the guns on this ground where a hand to hand struggle ensued resulting in driving the enemy from the hill. On this spot Isaac Morris, the color bearer of the 14th Ind., was killed, and many others fell nearby. The regiment then took this position along the stone fence at the base of the hill south-east from this point, facing the east, the right and left flanks being designated by stone markers, there placed, which position it held to the close of the great battle.

 

From the right side:

 

14th Ind. Vols.
1st Brigade 3rd Division Second Corps.
Erected by the State of Indiana in honor of
her heroes.

 

The 14th Indiana is also honored by a monument and marker at Antietam.

 

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14th Indiana Infantry monument at Gettysburg
(above) Monument to the 14th Indiana Infantry (see enlargement) beside the equestrian statue of Major General Winfield Scott Hancock
(below) detail from the top of the monument of the Second Corps symbol, the trefoil, set inside itself

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