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Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
72nd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers
Philadelphia Brigade
 
72nd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
1. 72nd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers Monument
On top of the monument is a sculpture of a knapsack with the trefoil of Second Corps.
 
Inscription.
Erected by 72nd Regt. P.V.
The ground of the last assault
the Philadelphia Brigade
Gen. Alexander Webb
held this angle July 2d and 3d 1863
casualties in the battle 495
——————————
The 72d Penn. Vol's
"Philadelphia Fire Zouaves"
Colonel D.W.C. Baxter
lost 10 officers and 182 men
out of 473 present for duty
the regiment erects this tribute
to the memory of fallen comrades
Philadelphia Brigade.

 
Erected 1883 by The 72nd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers.
 
Location. 39° 48.773′ N, 77° 14.145′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Hancock Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located near the "Copse of Trees" and the "Angle" on Cemetery Ridge in Gettysburg National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pickett's Charge (a few steps from this marker); The High Water Mark (a few steps from this marker); Battlefield Landmarks - South and West (a few steps from this marker); Cushing's Union Battery (a few steps from this marker); Brigadier General Lewis Armistead, C.S.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Alonzo Cushing (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery A, Fourth U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); First Pennsylvania Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Front of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
2. Front of Monument
 

 
Also see . . .
1. High Water Mark. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on February 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry. Service history of the regiment. (Submitted on February 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
72nd Pennsylvania Initial Position of July 3rd Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
3. 72nd Pennsylvania Initial Position of July 3rd
Initially the 72nd Pennsylvania was in the second rank of Federal infantry, backing up the artillery on Cemetery Ridge. Their line was generally along what is today Hancock Avenue, to the right of frame. Normally the contributor would attempt to describe the monuments in view here. Suffice to say, there are too many to note individually. However, the Statue of General Webb is just left of center. The Copse of Trees is on the right.
 
 
72nd Pennsylvania Counterattacks the Confederate Breech Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
4. 72nd Pennsylvania Counterattacks the Confederate Breech
Looking past the monument toward the stone wall in front of the Copse of Trees. When the 71st Pennsylvania fell back under pressure from Armistead's Confederates, the 72nd Pennsylvania counterattacked into the "angle."
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on February 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,352 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on March 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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