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

27th Connecticut Infantry

 
 
27th Connecticut Infantry Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
1. 27th Connecticut Infantry Monument
On top of the monument is an eagle with wings spread. The trefoil of Second Corps is prominently displayed on the shaft.
Inscription. (Front):
Erected 1885.
The 27th Regt. Conn. Vols.
commanded by
Lieut. Colonel Henry C. Merwin,
and forming a part of the
4th Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Corps
charged over this ground, the afternoon of
July 2, 1863.
The 4th Brigade forced the enemy from the
Wheat Field and beyond the woods in front
where the advanced position of the 27th Regt.
is indicated by a tablet on the crest of
the ledge.

On this spot Lieut. Col. Merwin was killed
while gallantly leading his command of
75 officers and men. 38 of whom were killed
or wounded in the charge. Eight companies of the
Regt. captured at Chancellorsvile were still
prisoners of war.

Capt. Jedediah Chapman Jr. was also killed in the
charge while commanding a company organized from
detached members of the eight companies taken
prisoners at Chancellorsville.

The 27th Regt. Conn. Vols.
was recruited an organized
in New Haven County State
of Connecticut.

July 2, 1863

 
Erected 1885 by State of Connecticut.
 
Location. 39° 47.823′ N, 77° 14.494′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Wheatfield Road, on the right when traveling
Front Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
2. Front Inscription
east. Click for map. Located in the Wheatfield section of 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. 61st New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 81st Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Col. Henry C. Merwin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Brigade (about 300 feet away); 2d Pennsylvania Reserves (about 300 feet away); 30th Pennsylvania Infantry (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named First Brigade (about 300 feet away); Battery D, 1st New York Light Artillery (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Wheatfield. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on February 1, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 27th Connecticut Infantry Regimental History. A digital version of the regimental history. Chapter Seven is dedicated to the regiment's actions at Gettysburg. (Submitted on February 1, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
State Coat of Arms on Back image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
3. State Coat of Arms on Back
Advance of the 27th Connecticut image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
4. Advance of the 27th Connecticut
Looking from in front of the monument to the southwest. The 27th, as part of Brooke's Brigade, advanced through the middle of the Wheatfield, in this view between the two vans. The advanced carried the 27th into the Rose Woods and across Rose Run, which runs along the trees in the distance. On the far side of the Run is a steep slope with a rocky ledge, where Brooke's Brigade formed a defensive line. The line held for about thirty minutes until, with ammunition exhausted, the troops staged a fighting retreat back through the Wheatfield.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,091 times since then and 142 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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