Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War
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27th Pennsylvania
Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Eleventh Corps HQ Flag

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

Second Division, Eleventh Corps fla

 

There are two monuments to the 27th Pennsylvania I on the Gettysburg battlefield. A monument was erected in 1884 on Coster Avenue in Gettysburg, where the regiment covered the retreat of the Eleventh Corps on July 1. (39.835111° N, 77.22801° W; map)

 

The main monument was dedicated in 1889 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania southeast of Gettysburg on East Cemetery Hill. (39.822066° N, 77.2297° W; map)

 

The 27th Pennsylvania was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel Lorenz Cantador. It brought 324 men to the field.

 

From the front of the monument on Coster Avenue:

 

27th Pa.
Vols.

27th Reg't. Pa. Vol.
1st Brigade
2d Division
11th Corps
July 1st, 2d, 3d
1863

From the rear:

Mustered in
May 5th
1861

 

 

From the front of the monument on Cemetery Hill:

 

July 1, 1863. The Regiment moved with
the Brigade on the afternoon to N.E.
side of Gettysburg where it became actively
engaged covering the retreat of the
Corps. It then withdrew to this position
where after dark of the 2nd it assisted
in repulsing a desperate assault of
the enemy. It subsequently moved
into the cemetery where it remained
until the close of battle.

Present at Gettysburg
19 officers and 305 men.
Killed and mortally wounded
2 officers and 7 men.
Wounded 3 officers and 23 men.
Captured 1 officer and 75 men. Total 111.

27th Pennsylvania Infantry
1st Brigade 2nd Division 11th Corps

 

From the left side:

 

Cross Keys   Gettysburg
Rappahannock River    Hagerstown
Groveton    Missionary Ridge
2nd Bull Run    Rocky Face Ridge
Chancellorsville    Resaca
Dallas

 

From the right side:

 

Organized in Philadelphia.
Mustered in May 31, 1861.
Mustered out June 11, 1864.

 

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Original monument to the 27th Pennsylvania Infantry on Coster Avenue in Gettysburg
(above) The original monument to the 27th Pennsylvania Infantry on Coster Avenue in Gettysburg
(below) Monument to the 27th Pennsylvania on East Cemetery Hill
27th Pennsylvania Infantry monument on East Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg
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