Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War
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153rd Pennsylvania
Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Eleventh Corps HQ Flag

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

First Division, Eleventh Corps fla

 

There are two monuments to the 153rd Pennsylvania Voluneteers on the Gettysburg battlefield. The main monument is north of Gettysburg on Barlow's Knoll along Howard Avenue. (39.845684° N, 77.226152° W; map) A smaller monument is south of Gettysburg on Wainwright Avenue. (39.821641° N, 77.22742° W; map)

 

About the 153rd Pennsylvania's monuments

The main monument is made of granite and stands about 15' 6" tall. It is topped with the statue of a bugler. The crescent moon symbol of the Eleventh Corps is on its front above an inset bronze tablet of the Seal of the State of Pennsylvania. The monument was dedicated in 1889 by the State of Pennsylvania.

 

The secondary monument was the first of the two monuments placed on the field, dedicated in 1884 by the survivors of the regiment. It is of polished granite standing almost six feet tall with the keystone symbol of Pennsylvania above the crescent moon of the Eleventh Corps. The monument had a time capsule underneath containing articles placed by veterans of the regiment but it was broken into and looted in 1997.

 

The 153rd Pennsylvania at Gettysburg

The 153rd Pennsylvania was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Major John F. Freuauff. It had been raised as a nine months service regiment in September of 1862 and would muster out three weeks after the battle at the end of July.

 

 

From the front of the monument:

 

153rd Penna Infantry
1st Brig. 1st Div.
11th Corps

July 1. The Regiment held this
position in the afternoon until
the Corps was outflanked and
retired, when it took position
along the lane at the foot of
East Cemetery Hill, where it
remained until the close
of the battle, assisting to
repulse the enemy's assault
on the night of the 2nd.

 

From the left side of the monument:

 

Carried into action
24 officers 545 men.
Killed and died of wounds
1 officer 40 men.
Wounded
7 officers 117 men.
Captured and missing
46 men.
Total loss 211.

 

From the right side:

 

Recruited in
Northampton County.
Mustered in
September 1862, mustered out
July 24, 1863

 

 

The Wainwright Avenue monument displays the crescent moon symbol of the Union Eleventh Army Corps as well as the keystone symbol of the State of Pennsylvania.

 

From the monument:

 

153d Regt. Penn. Vol.
1st Brigade, 1st Division
11h Corps
. Engaged at
Chancellorsville
May 1, 2, 3 & 4, 1863
Gettysburg
July 1, 2, & 3, 1863
----
Erected by the survivors.

 

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153rd Pennsylvania monument on Howard Avenue at Gettysburg
(above) Monument to the 153rd Pennsylvania on Barlow's Knoll
(below) Left Flank marker of the 153rd Pennsylvania on Barlow's Knoll at the base of the flagpole commemorating the 17th Connecticut
Left Flank marker of the 153rd Pennsylvania on Barlow's Knoll
(below) Monument to the 153rd Pennsylvania on Wainwright Avenue Monument to the 153rd Pennsylvania on Wainwright Avenue
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