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

143d Pennsylvania Infantry

2d Brigade, 3d Division

 

1st Corps

 
143d Pennsylvania Infantry Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
1. 143d Pennsylvania Infantry Monument
The figure on the monument depicts Sergeant Ben Crippen shaking his fist at the Confederates while protecting the colors. Note the state seal in the upper right and the circle or moon of the First Corps badge below Crippen's arm.
Inscription. (Front):
143d Penna.
Infantry
2d Brig. 3d Div
1st Corps

(Back):
This monument marks the right of
first position July 1st 1863
facing north and second position
facing west which the regiment
held from 11.30 a.m.
until First Corps fell back
last position on Seminary Ridge
right resting on railroad cut.
July 2d & 3d
Regiment was in line on left centre
and on the 3d. assisted in repulsing
the final charge of the enemy.
——————
Present at Gettysburg 465.
Killed officers 1, men 20.
Wounded officers 11, men 130.
Captured or missing 31 men.
Total loss 253.
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Recruited in the counties
of Luzerne, Susquehanna, Wyoming
and Lycoming.
Mustered in Aug. Oct. 1862
Mustered out June 21th 1865.

 
Erected 1889 by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
 
Location. 39° 50.195′ N, 77° 14.958′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Chambersburg Pike (U.S. 30) and Reynolds Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Chambersburg Pike. Click for map. Located on the First Day Battlefield
Back of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
2. Back of Monument
The casualty numbers on the inscription do not appear to add up to the totals figure given.
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. First Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); First Division (within shouting distance of this marker); 12th Illinois Cavalry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 8th Illinois Cavalry (about 300 feet away); 1st Corps Headquarters (about 400 feet away); 14th Regiment New York State Militia (about 400 feet away); 6th Wisconsin Volunteers (about 400 feet away); 95th New York Infantry (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. 143rd Pennsylvania at Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. McPherson's Ridge. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on January 10, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Color Sergeant Ben Crippen. Article discussing the actions of Sergeant Ben Crippen at Gettysburg. (Submitted on January 10, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. 143rd Pennsylvania Infantry. Service record of the regiment. (Submitted on January 10, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
143d Pennsylvania Infantry Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
3. 143d Pennsylvania Infantry Monument
143d Pennsylvania Infantry Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
4. 143d Pennsylvania Infantry Monument
Looking west on Chambersburg Pike with the monument to the left. In the distance is a white stone, the left flank marker for the regiment's position when facing north.
143d Pennsylvania Infantry Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
5. 143d Pennsylvania Infantry Monument
McPherson's Barn is visible in the distance through the tree limbs.
Stone's Brigade Struck by Daniel's Brigade Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
6. Stone's Brigade Struck by Daniel's Brigade
Looking west at Chambersburg Pike from a point just north of the 143rd Pennsylvania Monument. Stone's Brigade was arrayed with the 143rd Pennsylvania between what is today Reynold's Avenue and the low ground near where the red truck is seen on the Pike. The 149th Pennsylvania were in line to their left. Initially the 150th Pennsylvania was on a line facing west along what is today Stone Avenue, but wheeled out along the Pike to face north. Note the McPherson Barn in the left background. In the afternoon phase of the fighting at Gettysburg, element's of Daniel's Confederate Brigade, Rodes' Division, advanced from the right of this view, catching Stone's Brigade in a "vice." Elements of Heth's Confederate Division attacked from the west (distant left beyond the McPherson Barn). Caught on two sides, Stone's Brigade fell back to Seminiary Ridge.
The 143rd Pennsylvania on Seminary Ridge Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
7. The 143rd Pennsylvania on Seminary Ridge
Looking west from the position of Stewart's Battery B, 4th U.S. Chambersburg Pike is on the left, and the "railroad cut" is blocked by trees on the right. After falling back, the 143rd Pennsylvania was brought on line to support a section of Stewart's Battery then firing upon Scale's Confederate Brigade advancing down Chambersburg, in the late afternoon fighting. When the entire First Corps line was outflanked on the north with the collapse of Eleventh Corps, this position was abandoned with all forces retreating through Gettysburg to Cemetery Hill.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,568 times since then and 121 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   6, 7. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on July 17, 2016.
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