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

The Irish Brigade

Second Brigade, First Division

 

—Second Corps —

 
The Irish Brigade Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
1. The Irish Brigade Monument
Inscription. (Front):
Second Brigade
First Division
Second Corps
July 2, 1863. 6 p.m.

63. 69. 88.
New York Infantry
Irish Brigade

Casualties  63.  69.  88.
Killed           5.   5.  7.
Wounded   10.   14.  17.
Missing          8.   6.   4.

(Back):
The Brigade entered the battle under command of Colonel Patrick Kelly 530 strong, of which this contingent, comprising three battalions of two companies each, numbered 240 men. The original strength of these battalions was 3,000 men. The Brigade participated with great credit to itself and the race it represented, in every battle of the Army of the Potomac in which the Second Corps was engaged, from Fair Oaks, June 1, 1862, to Appomattox Court House, April 9, 1865.

(Right):
14th New York Indpt. Battery.
in memory of Capt. James McK.Rorty and
four men who fell at the Bloody Angle July 3, 1863. The
Battery was mustered in December 9, 1861 as part of the
Irish Brigade it was detached therefrom and at
Gettysburg was consolidated with Battery B, 1st N.Y. Artillery

 
Erected 1888 by State of New York.
 
Location. 39° 47.825′ N, 77° 14.704′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg
Front of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
2. Front of Monument
Above the front inscription plaque is the figure of an Irish wolf hound, said to represent devotion and faith.
, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Sickles Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Located near the "Loop" on Stony Hill 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. 5th Michigan Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Field Hospital of the 32nd Massachusetts Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 66th New York Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Third Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 52nd New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 57th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 28th Massachusetts Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Wheatfield. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on January 28, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Meagher's Irish Brigade. Short history of the brigade with links to the regimental service histories. (Submitted on January 28, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Back of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
3. Back of Monument
Right Side Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
4. Right Side Plaque
Celtic Cross Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
5. Celtic Cross
The cross features the trefoil of Second Corps at the junction of the cross. Below it are disks with the regimental numbers 63, 69, 88. The seal of the State of New York and the seal of Ireland appear at the base.
Left Side of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
6. Left Side of Monument
View of the Irish wolf hound and the left side relief. The relief depicts a gun crew servicing an artillery piece.
Sculptor's Mark on Right Side Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
7. Sculptor's Mark on Right Side
Face of the Wolf Hound and Additional Inscriptions Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
8. Face of the Wolf Hound and Additional Inscriptions
On the left side of the monument, above the relief, is another inscription. Weathering has made it difficult to read.
69th New York Position Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
9. 69th New York Position Marker
Nearby the monument are marker stones for the three regiments. This one indicates the position on the line held by the 69th New York Infantry.
Position of the 69th New York Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
10. Position of the 69th New York
Looking over the position marker back toward the monument (in the trees). The Brigade first drove the Confederates from Stony Hill then held a line on the west face.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,224 times since then and 104 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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