Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War
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7th West Virginia
Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Second Corps HQ Flag

Attached to the
1st Brigade, 3rd Division,
Second Army Corps

Third Division, Second Corps Flag

 

The monument to the 7th West Virginia Volunteers is southeast of Gettysburg on East Cemetery Hill. (39.82169° N, 77.22899°; map) It was dedicated on September 28,1898 by the State of West Virginia.

 

Three position markers are also on East Cemetery Hill and Cemetery Ridge.

 

A marker near the old Cyclorama Building in Ziegler's Grove (39.815863°N,77.232731° W; map) shows the regiment's position after arriving on the field on July 2nd.

 

A marker partway up the slope of East Cemetery Hill (39.822043° N , 77.228399° W; map) stopped and turned back the Confederate attack on the evening of July 2nd.

 

A marker on Wainwright Avenue at the foot of East Cemetery Hill shows the regiment's position after the attack and on July 3rd. (39.822216° N, 77.227705° W; map)

 

About the monument to the 7th West Virginia

The granite monument consists of a base supporting the statue of a standing Union soldier with rifle and greatcoat. The statue actually faces the rear of the monument, with his face to the foe during the attack on the evening of July 2nd.

 

The 7th West Virginia at the Battle of Gettysburg

The 7th West Virginia was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan H. Lockwood. It brought 319 men to the field, losing 5 killed, 41 wounded and 1 missing.

 

 

From the front of the monument:

 

Sons of the Mountains
7th W Va Veteran
Romney to Appomattox

1st Brigade Carroll
3rd Division 2nd Corps.

At dusk July 2nd Carroll's
Brigade was ordered by
General Hancock to this point.
On arriving there we found the
Battery about to be taken charge
of by the enemy who were in large
force. Whereupon we immediately
charged on the enemy and succeeded
in completely routing their
entire force and driving them
beyond our lines.

Seventh W. Va. Infantry

 

From the back:

 

Erected by the
State of West Virginia
to commemorate
the
valor and fidelity
of the
Seventh West Virginia
Infantry

 

From the marker between Taneytown Road and the old Cyclorama building:

 

7th West Virginia
Infantry
July 2, 1863
8 A.M. to 8 P.M.

 

 

From the marker halfway up the slope of East Cemetery Hill from Wainwright Avenue:

 

7th West Virginia
Infantry
The end of the charge
July 2, 1863

 

From the marker at the foot of East Cemetery Hill on Wainwright Avenue:

 

7th West Virginia
Infantry
July 3, 1863

 

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7th West Virginia monument
(above) Monument to the 7th West Virginia on East Cemetery Hill
(below) The regiment's position markers.

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