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

151st Pennsylvania Infantry

1st Brigade, 3rd Division

 

1st Corps

 
151st Pennsylvania Infantry Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
1. 151st Pennsylvania Infantry Monument
On top of each side of the monument is the circle symbol of First Corps. A bronze "stand of rifles" is above the front inscription.
Inscription. (Front):
151st Pennsylvania Infantry
July 1st fought here and
in the grove west of the
Theological Seminary
July 2, in reserve on
Cemetery Hill
July 3, in position on left
centre and assisted in
repulsing the charge of
the enemy in the
afternoon.

Present at Gettysburg, Officers 21 Men 446
Killed and mortally wounded, Officers 2 Men 79
Wounded, Officers 9 Men 172
Captured or missing, Officers 4 Men 71
Total Loss Officers 15 Men 322
(Base of Monument):
1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 1st Corps

(Back):
Recruited in the
Counties of Berks,
Junita, Schuylkill,
Susquehanna, Pike
and Warren.
Mustered in Oct. & Nov. 1862
Mustered out July 27, 1863

 
Erected 1888 by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
 
Location. 39° 50.024′ N, 77° 15.063′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Reynolds Avenue and Meredith Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Reynolds
Close Up of the Front image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
2. Close Up of the Front
Note the Pennsylvania State Seal in the middle and the parent unit inscription at the base.
Avenue. Click for map. Located on the First Day Battlefield, inside McPherson Woods, 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. 8th New York Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); Third Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Major Gen. John F. Reynolds (within shouting distance of this marker); Abner Doubleday (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 142d Pennsylvania Infantry (about 400 feet away); Monuments and Markers (about 400 feet away); The Battle Opens (about 400 feet away); Battery L, 1st New York Light Artillery (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. McPherson's Ridge. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on January 12, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 151st Pennsylvania Infantry. Service history of the regiment. The 151st counted over 100 in its rolls who had been school teachers, thus the nickname "The School Teacher
Back Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
3. Back Inscription
Regiment." (Submitted on January 12, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. One Moment of Glory: 151st Pennsylvania Volunteers Write History at Gettysburg. Article providing much background information about the regiment and a detailed account of the fighting on July 1. "Every man stood up to the work and fought like a tiger without a single exception. Our poor boys fell around me like ripe apples in a storm. God bless them. They were heroes - everyone of them." (Submitted on January 12, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Stand of the 151st Pennsylvania image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
4. The Stand of the 151st Pennsylvania
Looking from the right flank marker stone toward the monument. The 151st moved forward to cover the withdrawal Meredith's Iron Brigade (1st Brigade, 1st Division, I Corps) from McPherson's Woods. However, the Regiment also stood in place to cover the withdrawal of the three other regiments of Biddle's First Brigade, 3rd Divison, I Corps. The stand was made on the southeast corner of McPherson's Woods. The time given for the two brigades to reform on Seminary Ridge was paid for in heavy losses. The regiment lost nearly 70% of its men here. General Doubleday would later write, I believe they saved the First Corps, and were among the chief instruments to save the Army of the Potomac, and the country from unimaginable disaster.
Position in Reserve and Later in Defense image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
5. Position in Reserve and Later in Defense
Looking east of Reyonlds Avenue at Seminary Ridge. Note the Seminary buildings poking above the tree line. The stand of trees just right of center is not the historical wood line, and open fields existed there during the battle. The 151st was initially posted as the reserve for the Division just in front of the ridge, protecting the artillery of the Corps deployed there. When the front began to collapse in McPherson's Woods, the 151st was ordered forward to cover the retreat (see photo above). What was left of the regiment retreated across the open fields in the foreground here, returning to the original position on the ridge. The location of that final line is close to the tennis courts on the Seminary Grounds today.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,321 times since then and 143 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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