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

17th Maine Infantry

3rd Brigade, 1st Division

 

3rd Corps

 
17th Maine Infantry Monument, Left Side Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
1. 17th Maine Infantry Monument, Left Side
The monument incorporates a granite diamond on the sides, symbolizing the Third Corps.
Inscription. (Front):
130 Killed and wounded
July 2, 1863.
17th Maine
Infantry.
3rd Brigade.
1st Division.
3rd Corps.

(Left):
350 engaged.
Lt. Col.
Chas. B. Merrill.
commanding.
Wheat-field.
July 2, 1863.
Pickett's Repulse.
July 3, 1863.

(Lower Left Plaque):
The 17th Maine fought here in the wheatfield 2 1-2 hours, and at this position from 4:10 th 5:45 o'clock p.m. July 2, 1863. On July 3, at time of the enemy's assault it reinforced the centre and supported artillery. Loss 132. Killed or mortally wounded 3 officers. 37 men. Wounded 5 officers 87 men.

This regiment of volunteers from western Maine was mustered into U.S. Service at Portland August 18, 1862, for 3 years. It took part in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wapping Heights, Auburn, Kelly's Ford, Locust Grove, Mine Run, Wilderness, Po River, Spottsylvania, Fredericksburg Road, North Anna, Totopotomoy, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Jerusalem Road, Deep Bottom, Peeble's Farm, Fort Hell, Boydton Road, Siege of Petersburg, Hatcher's Run, Fall of Petersburg, Detonsville, Sailor's Creek, Farmville, Appomattox.

Aggregate actual strength in service 91 officers, 1475 men. Killed and died of wounds, 12 officers 195 men. Died of disease 4 officers, 128 men. Died
Front of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
2. Front of Monument
in Confederate prisons, 31 men. Wounded not mortally, 33 officers, 519 men. Missing in action, fate unknown, 35 men. Total losses 357. Mustered out June 4, 1865.
 
Erected 1888 by State of Maine.
 
Location. 39° 47.744′ N, 77° 14.665′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on DeTrobriand Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located in the Wheatfield at 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. 115th Pennsylvania Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 62nd Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 4th Michigan Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Third Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Third Brigade (about 300 feet away); Captain Jed. Chapman (about 300 feet away); 8th New Jersey Volunteers (about 300 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. The 17th Maine Infantry at Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
Left Side of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
3. Left Side of Monument

1. The Wheatfield. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on January 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. The 17th Maine Infantry at Gettysburg. Article written by Jeffry D. Wert and originally published in the July 2006 issue of Civil War Times Magazine. (Submitted on January 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Plaque at Lower Left Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
4. Plaque at Lower Left
Soldier Behind the Stone Wall Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
5. Soldier Behind the Stone Wall
17th Maine Infantry Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
6. 17th Maine Infantry Monument
17th Maine Position from the Left Flank Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
7. 17th Maine Position from the Left Flank
Original Right Flank of the 17th Maine Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
8. Original Right Flank of the 17th Maine
Initially the 17th Maine's right flank was just short of the stone wall end point. When the 115th Pennsylvania and 8th New Jersey withdrew from the line at around 5:40 p.m., the regiment's right was extended and refused. That line held until the second major Confederate attacks. From this line, the regiment withdrew to the high ground in the center of the Wheatfield. There, it participated in a counterattack to halt the pursuit of the Confederates.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,367 times since then and 116 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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