Two monuments to the Fourth Ohio Volunteers are on the Gettysburg battlefield. Both were dedicated by the State of Ohio on September 14, 1887.
About the main monument to the 4th Ohio
The monument consists of a statue of a soldier standing atop a tall pedestal. The pedestal is heavily ornamented, with reliefs of the trefoil symbol of the Second Corps, the Seal of the State of Ohio, flags, rifles and an eagle.
The monument, marker, and flank markers were all cast of zinc, or "white bronze". Unfortunately, the material was not as durable as the true bronze of most other metal monuments on the battlefield. The metal was banned for Gettysburg monuments immediately after the 4th Ohio monument was unveiled.
By 1976 the monument was leaning to one side and cracks were developing in the base, and the top of the monument was removed for safety reasons. It was restored in 2004 with the addition of a steel plate, the cost paid for by an Ohio group of Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
The 4th Ohio at the Battle of Gettysburg
The 4th Ohio Infantry was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel Leonard W. Carpenter, a medical student from Mount Vernon. It brought 229 men to the field, losing 9 killed, 17 wounded and 5 missing.
From the front of the Cemetery Hill monument:
From the left side:
On the evening
Companies A&B from Mt. Vernon,
From thge right side:
From the back:
Organized for three months' service
From the base of each side of of the marker on Emmitsburg Road:
From the front:
Companies G and I,
From the left side:
At 3 p.m., July 2, 1863, while the regiment was lying on Cemetery Ridge, Companies G and I, Fourth Ohio Infantry, detached under Captain Peter Grubb of Company G, advanced to this position where, with severe loss, they engaged the enemy during the remainder of the day. Late in the evening they were withdrawn to the regiment on East Cemetery Hill.
From the right side:
In honor of her
From the rear:
(above) Monument to the 4th Ohio Infantry on Cemetery Hill
(below) Detail of right side of 4th Ohio monument
(below) Closeup of front of the monument (see enlargement)
see enlargement of detail of left side (above)
or of rear of monument (below)
(below) Left flank marker
(below) Position marker on Emmitsburg Road
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