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Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

121st New York Infantry

2d Brigade, 1st Division

 

6th Corps

 
121st New York Infantry Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
1. 121st New York Infantry Monument
The statue atop the monument depicts a soldier at ease with his musket. Note the state seal disk at the feet of the figure, and the Greek Cross symbol of the Sixth Corps at the monument base.
Inscription. (Front):
121st
N.Y. Infantry.
(Col. Emory Upton.)
2d Brig. 1st Div.
6th Corps.
Held this position
from evening of
July 2d 1863
until close of battle.

(Right):
Organized in Herkimer
and Otsego Co's.
Mustered in Aug. 23, 1862.
Officers 30, men 910.
Joined by transfer,
recruits etc.
officers 21, men 425.
Casualties.
Killed and mortally wounded,
officers 14, men 212.
Wounded,
officers 27, men 596.
Died of disease
officers 4, men 117.
Discharged for wounds,
disease etc.
officers 37, men 283.
Transferred to other commands,
officers 12, men 262.
Mustered out June 25, 1865.
officers 25, men 283.

(Left):
Battles.
Cramptons Pass 1862
Fredericksburg 1862
Marye's Heights 1863
Salem Church 1863
Salem Heights 1863
Gettysburg 1863
Rappahannock Station 1863
Mine Run 1863
Wilderness
Front of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
2. Front of Monument
1864
Spottsylvania C.H. 1864
North Anna 1864
Totopotomoy 1864
Cold Harbor 1864
Petersburg 1864
Fort Stevens, D.C. 1864
Summit Point 1864
Winchester 1864
Fisher's Hill 1864
New Market 1864
Cedar Creek 1864
Hatcher's Run 1865
Petersburg (Fort Fisher) 1865
Petersburg (Assault) 1865
Sailor's Creek 1865
Appomattox C.H. April 9, 1865

 
Erected 1889 by State of New York.
 
Location. 39° 47.619′ N, 77° 14.128′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Sykes Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located just north of Little Round Top 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. 98th Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Fifth Corps
Right Side of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
3. Right Side of Monument
(within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery L, 1st Ohio Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); 155th Pennsylvania Volunteers (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 147th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers (about 400 feet away); 146th New York Infantry (about 500 feet away); Signal Corps U.S.A. (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Little Round Top. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on January 4, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 121st New York Infantry. Service record of the regiment, with
Left Side of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
4. Left Side of Monument
links to an historical sketch. The regiment suffered a loss rate of over 60%, a testament to the hard fighting seen by the men. (Submitted on January 4, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Relief Portrait of Emory Upton on Back of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
5. Relief Portrait of Emory Upton on Back of Monument
Colonel, later General, Emory Upton commanded the regiment at Gettysburg. Upton had a very distinguished service record, to include the award of the Medal of Honor. He is most known for leading an assault at Spotsylvania in 1864.
121st New York Monument and the 98th Pennsylvania Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
6. 121st New York Monument and the 98th Pennsylvania Monument
Seen from Sykes Avenue, the backs of the two monuments face the road. The figure on top of the 121st Monument looks out across the Valley of Death toward the Wheatfield.
121st New York Line Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
7. 121st New York Line
Looking from in front of the monument to the west across the valley of Plum Run with Wheatfield road on the right.The 121st had participated in a grueling seventeen hour march, over thirty-six miles, with the rest of Sixth Corps from Manchester, Maryland to arrive at Gettysburg on the afternoon of July 2. Although the men arrived too late to do any major fighting that day, the rapid arrival of the force ensured the Federals had fresh units for the next day's battle. In a line extending south of the modern Wheatfield Road, the 121st looked over the northern section of the "Valley of Death" at Confederates holding the Wheatfield sector. Fortunately, the ferocious fighting of the previous day was not renewed in this sector.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,482 times since then and 114 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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