Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War

Second Pennsylvania
Cavalry Regiment

The monument to the Second Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment is south of Gettysburg on Cemetery Ridge behind Meade's Headquarters at the Leister House.
(39.814338° N, 77.233665° W; map)


The 2nd Pensylvania Cavalry was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel Richard Butler Price. It brought 575 men to the field, and suffered no casualties.



From the front of the monument:


2d. Pennsylvania Cavalry
attached to Provost Guard,
Army Headquarters.

The regiment held this position July 3rd
until the close of the day when it conducted
3000 prisoners to Westminster, Md. Detach-
ments served in other parts of the field
during the battle.


From the right side:


Mustered in August - October 1861.
Re-enlisted Dec. 1863 - Feb. 1864.
Consolidated with the
20th Pennsylvania Cavalry to form the
1st Provisional Pennsylvania
Cavalry, June 17th, 1865.
Mustered out July 13th, 1865.


From the left side:


Recruited in
Philadelphia, Lancaster, Centre,
Northampton, Crawford, Berks,
Tioga and Armstrong countries.

From the rear:

Cedar Mountain
2d Bull Run
Mine Run
Todd's Tavern
Yellow Tavern
Richmond Fortifications
Meadow Bridge
Hawes' Shop
Hanover Court House

Cold Harbor
Trevilian Station
Jerusalem Plank Road
Malvern Hill
Deep Bottom
White Oak Swamp
Reams' Station
Poplar Spring Church, Wyatt's Farm
Stoney Creek Station, Boydton Road
Hatcher's Run

and other battles.


2nd Pennsylvania Cavalry
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