Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War
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24th Michigan
Volunteer Infantry Regiment

First Corps HQ Flag

Attached to
1st Brigade
, 1st Division
1st Army Corps

First Division, First Corps Flag

 

The monument to the 24th Michigan Volunteers is west of Gettysburg on Meredith Avenue. (39.83491° N, 77.25441° W; map)

 

A position marker is at the foot of Culp's Hill along Slocum Avenue showing the regiment's location on July 2 and 3. (39.83491° N, 77.25441° W; map)

 

About the Monument to the 24th Michigan

The monument is made of granite and stands just over 14' tall. On top of a pedestal a statue of a 24th Michigan enlisted man wearing the distinctive black hat of the Iron Brigade loads his rifle. Below his feet is the brass tablet placed on all State of Michigan monuments at Gettysburg.

 

The full moon symbol of the First Corps is below the tablet between a relief of crossed flags. The five sided symbol of the Iron Brigade is on both sides of the pedestal and the First Corps moon is repeated on the rear of the monument. It was dedicated on June 12, 1889 by the State of Michigan.

 

The 24th Michigan at Gettysburg

The 24th Michigan was commanded at Gettysburg by Colonel Henry A. Morrow. He was wounded on July 1st, and Captain Albert M. Edwards took command.

 

The 24th lost more killed and wounded than any Union regiment at Gettysburg. Seven color bearers were shot down, and twice Colonel Morrow himself took the colors before he, too was wounded.

 

See Colonel Morrow's Official Report of the 24th Michigan in the Gettysburg Campaign .

 

 

From the front (west side) of the monument:

 

24th Mich.
1st (Iron) Brig.
1st Div. 1st Corps

 

From the south side of the monument:

 

July 1st 1863

Arriving upon the field
to the south of these
woods in the forenoon of
July 1st, this regiment with
others of the brigade (2nd
and 7th Wisconsin and 19th
Indiana
) charged across the
stream in front (Willoughby's
Run) to the crest beyond.
Assisting in the capture
of a large portion of
Archer's Tennessee Brigade,
it was then withdrawn to
this position where it
fought until the time the line was
outflanked and forced back.

From the north side of the monument:

Position July 2nd and
3rd on Culp's Hill.
The Regiment was raised
in Wayne Co., Michigan
and mustered into the
U. S. Service, August 15,
1862. Mustered out at
Detroit, June 30, 1865.

 

From the east side of the monument:

 

Went into action with
496 officers and men
Killed & mortally wounded
89
Otherwise wounded
218
Captured
56
Total casualties
363
Five Color Bearers were killed
and all the Color Guard
were killed or wounded

 

 

From the marker at the foot of Culp's Hill:

 

24th Regiment
Michigan Volunteer Infantry
Iron Brigade.
Of the 496 men who went into
battle on July 1, 1863, 99 answered
roll call here on the morning
of July 2 - 3 1863.

 

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Monument to the 24th Michigan at Gettysburg
(above) Monument to the 24th Michigan at Gettysburg
24th Michigan marker on Culp's Hill at Gettysburg
(above) Position marker for the 24th Michigan on Culp's Hill (enlarge)
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