Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War
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15th Massachusetts
Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Second Corps HQ Flag

Attached to the
1st Brigade, 2nd Division,
Second Army Corps

Second Division, Second Corps Flag


The monument to the 15th Massachusetts Volunteers is south of Gettysburg on Hancock Avenue near the Copse of Trees. (39.810739° N, 77.2361° W; map) It was dedicated on June 2nd, 1886 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


The regiment was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel George H. Ward. He was mortally wounded on July 2 and Lieutenant Colonel George C. Joslin then took command. A monument to Colonel Ward about 250 yards to the west of the regimental monument in the field northeast of the Codori farmhouse marks where he fell on the afternoon of July 2nd.


The regiment brought 304 men to the field, losing 23 killed, 97 wounded and 28 missing.


An iron marker placed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts just south of the Copse of Trees shows the final position of the regiment after it moved north to counterattack Pickett's Charge on July 3rd.



From the front of the monument:


15th Mass.


From the rear:


15th Regt. Mass. Vols.
1st Brig. 2nd Div. 2nd Corps.
July 3. 1863.


From one of a series of iron signs south of the Copse of Trees (below right):


Fifteenth Massachusetts Volunteers.
The position of this regiment in line of battle
is marked by its monument
235 yards due south.


It charged up to this point and attacked Pickett's
Division in flank as his troops were coming
over the stonewall.


15th Massachusetts monument
Iron signs south of the Copse of Tres

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