Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War
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68th Pennsylvania
Volunteer Infantry Regiment

"Scott Legion"

 

First Corps HQ Flag 3rd Cors, First Division Flag

 

There are two monuments to the 68th Pennylvania Volunteers near the Peach Orchard on the Gettysburg battlefield.

 

The first is on Emmitsburg Road and was dedicated in 1886 by the survivors of the regiment. (39.800599 N, 77.250442 W; map)

 

The second, larger monument along Wheatfield Road was dedicated in 1888 by the State of Pennsylvania.
(39.80141 N, 77.24915 W; map)

 

The 68th Pennsylvania was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel Andrew H. Tippin. He took command of the brigade on July 2 as senior surviving colonel, and Captain Milton S. Davis then took over the regiment.

 

 

From the front of the monument on Wheatfield Road:

 

68th Penna.
Infantry
Scott Legion

This monument marks
the left of the regiment while supporting
Clark's Battery
July 2nd 1863.

The right resting 150 feet north as indicated
by flank marker, In the afternoon the
Regiment advanced southward into the
Peach Orchard where its other monument
stands and engaged the enemy.
July 3rd and 4th
The regiment was in line with the division
on left centre
Present at Gettysburg
383 officers and men
Killed 3 officers and 10 men
Wounded 5 officers and 117 men
Captured or missing 13 men

1st Brig. 1st Div.
Third Corps

 

From the right (west) side:

 

Recruited in the counties of Philadelphia

Montgomery and Chester

Mustered in September 2nd 1862
Mustered out June 9th 1865
Total enrollment 1049

Killed and died of wounds
10 officers, 58 men, Total 68
Wounded
11 officers and 155 men, Total 166
Captured or Missing
3 officers 100 men, Total 103

 

From the left (east) side:

 

Fredericksburg
Chancellorsville
Gettysburg
Wapping Heights
Auburn
Kelly's Ford
----
Mine Run
Wilderness
Guinea Station
Petersburg

From the monument in the Peach Orchard:

Erected by the survivors
of the 68th Reg. P.V.
Scott Legion
Col. A. H. Tirpin commanding
1st Brigade 1st Division
3rd Army Corps.
in memory of
183 of our comrades
who fell on this field
July 2nd and 3rd 1863.

 

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The Wheatfield Road monument to the 68th Pannsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg
(above) The Wheatfield Road monument to the 68th Pannsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg (see larger view)
(below) The original Emmitsburg Road monument, dedicated by the survivors of the regiment.The original Emmitsburg Road monument to the 68th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg, dedicated by the survivors of the regiment.
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