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

First Corps HQ Flag

Attached to 3rd Brigade,
1st Division, 3rd Corps

3rd Cors, First Division Flag


The monument to the Third Michigan Volunteers is south of Gettysburg in the Peach Orchard. (39.80018° N, 77.24927° W; map)


About the monument to the Third Michigan

The granite monument stands almost twelve feet tall. A carved relief on the front shows a pair of soldiers skirmishing, which was the regiment's assignment on July 2 at Gettysburg, On the front of the top of the monument is a brass tablet with the Seal of the State of Micihigan, and on the front of the base is a carved relief of the diamond symbol of the Third Corps. The monument was dedicated by the State of Michigan on June 12, 1889.


The Third Michigan in the Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel Byron Root Pierce . He was wounded on July 2nd and his brother, Lieutenant Colonel Edwin S. Pierce, then took command.


Official Report



From the front of the monument:


3rd Michigan Inftry 3rd Brig. 1st Div. 3rd Corps

Mustered in
Grand Rapids
June 10th 1861

Army Potomac
First Bull Run


From the rear:

July 2nd 1863.
This regiment, deployed as skirmishers 150 yards in advance of this position, held the line extending from the Peach Orchard east to the woods, was the right of de Trobriand's Brigade, and connected with the left of Graham's.

Went into action with 19 officers, 267 men. - Total 286
7 men killed, 3 officers and 28 men wounded, 7 men missing - Total 45.



3rd Michigan monument
(above) Monument to the 3rd Michigan (enlarge)
(below) One of the regiment's flank markers is half-buried
Flank Marker for the 3rd Michigan Infantry Regiment on the Gettysburg battlefield
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