Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War
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Second Rhode Island
Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Sixth Corps HQ Flag Third Division, Sixth Corps Flag

 

The monument to the Second Rhode Island Volunteers is south of Gettysburg on Sedgwick Avenue. (39.795597° N, 77.234104° W; map) It was dedicated in 1886 by the State of Rhode Island.

A marker on Emmitsburg Road (bottom right) shows the location of the regiment's skirmish line on July 4th. (39.809832° N, 77.242181° W; map)

 

About the monument to the 2nd Rhode Island

The granite monument stands a little over nine feet tall. It is capped with a bronze arrangement of a drum, canteen, cartridge box, bayonet and a laurel crown of victory. The front has an incised Seal of the State of Rhode Island, with a relief of the Greek cross of the Sixth Corps above the base.

 

The 2nd Rhode Island at Gettysburg

The Second Rhode Island was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel Horatio Rogers, Jr., an attorney from Providence. It brought 409 men to the field, losing one killed, five wounded and one missing.

 

Official Records

See Colonel Rogers' Official Report for the 2nd Rhode Island in the Battle of Gettysburg

 

 

From the monument:

 

2nd R.I.
Volunteers
2nd Brigade
3rd Division
Sixth Corps

July 2 & 3, 1863

 

From the marker:

 

Skirmish line
2nd R.I. Volunteers
Colonel Horatio Rogers, Jr.
2nd Brigade 3rd Division
Sixth Corps

July 4, 1863

 

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2nd Rhode Island Infantry Regiment monument at Gettysburg
(above) Monument to the Second Rhode Island Infantry at Gettysburg
(below) Position marker for the regiment's skirmish line

Position marker for the skirmish line of the Second Rhode Island Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg
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