Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War
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11th New Jersey
Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Third Corps HQ Flag

Attached to the
1st Brigade, 2nd Division,
3rd Army Corps

Third Corps, Second Division flag

 

The monument to the Eleventh New Jersey Volunteers is south of Gettysburg on Emmitsburg Road just south of the Klingle farmhouse. (39.805905° N, 77.246644° W; map) It was dedicated by the State of New Jersey on June 20, 1888.

 

About the monument to the 11th New Jersey

The granite monument is 9' tall and takes the form of an open book standing on a rough base. A flag is draped on the top and reverse of the book, topped with a soldier's hat. The covers of the book are inscriped with the regiment's information, and the spine has a relief of the diamond symbol of the Third Corps.

 

The 11th New Jersey at Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel Robert McAllister, who was wounded on the 2nd. Major Philip Kearney had already been mortally wounded, and Captain Luther Martin of Company D took over. He was wounded in the foot, and while trying to make his way to the rear was wounded again in the thigh and chest, the latter being mortal. Captain William Loyd then briefly took command until he, too, was wounded. Lt. John Schoonover took over until late in the afternoon when he was also wounded, with the regiment ending the day under the command of Captain Samuel T. Sleeper.

 

The 11th brought 275 men into battle. Over half of those were killed or wounded.

 

Lt. Schoonover in his report singled out Corporal Thomas Johnson who, after two color bearers had been shot and with officers and men falling by the moment, was ordered to take the colors and advance twenty yards to the front to steady the regiment. He did, holding his ground until the survivors of the regiment was ordered to slowly and stubbornly fall back.

 

 

From the left face of the monument:

 

11th New Jersey Vols.
Col. Robert McAllister
1st Brig. 2nd Div. 3d Corps
July 2, 1863
Mustered in Aug 19, 1862.
Mustered out July 1865.
Engaged in 29 battles
.
Erected by
the State of New Jersey
1888

 

From the right face:

This stone
marks the spot
reached by the
right of the regiment
the left extending
towards the south-east.
The position was held
under a severe fire
which killed or disabled
nearly three-fifths of the
regiment, including every
officer present above
the rank of lieutenant.

Number engaged 275.
Killed 31, wounded 109,
Missing 12, total 152.
Of the missing
Six are supposed
to have been killed.

 

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11th New Jersey Infantry monument at Gettysburg
Left face of 11th New Jersey monument
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