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Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
72nd Pennsylvania Infantry
2nd Brigade, 2nd Division

2nd Corps
 
72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
1. 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument
 
Inscription. (Front):
72nd Pennsylvania Infantry
Philadelphia Fire Zouaves
Mustered in Aug. 10, 1861
Mustered out Aug. 24, 1864
Total enrollment —— 1600
Killed and mortally wounded 195
wounded ———— 558
Died of disease & in rebel prisons 70
Captured or missing ——— 165
Total loss ————— 988

2nd Corps

(Left):
July 2, 1863.
The regiment reached this angle at 1 a.m.,
took position in rear of this monument
supported Cushing's Battery
A, 4th U.S. Artillery.
At 6 p.m. assisted in repulsing
an attack of the enemy and in
making a counter-charge, driving
them beyond the emmitsburg road,
capturing 250 prisoners.

2nd Division

(Right):
July 3, 1863.
The regiment assisted in repulsing the
the charge of the enemy on the angle at
3 p.m. and in capturing many standards
and prisoners
During the cannonading which preceded the charge
the regiment was in line 60 yards to the left and rear
of this monument when the rebels forced the troops
from the first line the 72nd fought its way to the front
and occupied the wall
Present at Gettysburg 458, killed & mortally wounded 62
Wounded 133 ——— Missing
 
Front of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
2. Front of Monument
At the top of the front face is a trefoil symbol of the Second Corps. At the base is the Pennsylvania State coat of arms.
 
2
Total of killed, wounded and missing 197.

72nd Penna. Infantry

(Back):
Yorktown.
Fair Oaks.
Peach Orchard.
Savage Station.
Glendale.
Malvern Hill.
Chantilly.
Antietam.
Fredericksburg.
Chancellorsville.
Gettysburg.
Mine Run.
Wilderness.
Spottylvania.
North Anna.
Tolopotomy.
Cold Harbor.
Petersburg.

2nd Brigade

 
Erected 1891 by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
 
Location. 39° 48.779′ N, 77° 14.176′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Hancock Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located near the "Copse of Trees" and the "Angle" on Cemetery Ridge 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. Brigadier General Lewis Armistead, C.S.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); 71st Pennsylvania Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker); 69th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery A, Fourth U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); 72nd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Alonzo Cushing (within shouting distance of this marker); The Angle (within shouting distance of this marker); Pickett's Charge (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Left Side of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
3. Left Side of Monument
 

 
Also see . . .
1. High Water Mark. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on February 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry. Service history of the regiment. (Submitted on February 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Right Side of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
4. Right Side of Monument
 
 
Back of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
5. Back of Monument
 
 
Fire Zouave on Top of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
6. Fire Zouave on Top of Monument
The soldier is depicted clubbing with his musket during the counter-attack.
 
 
72nd Pennsylvania On the Stone Wall Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
7. 72nd Pennsylvania On the Stone Wall
On July 3 the regiment charged to the stone wall in front of the Copse of Trees in the repulse of the last Confederate infantry assault at Gettysburg.
 
 
Charge of the 72nd Pennsylvania Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
8. Charge of the 72nd Pennsylvania
Looking from near the first 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry monument toward the stone wall and the second monument. The regiment charged across this ground on July 3 after encouragement from their brigade commander, General Alexander Webb.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on February 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,555 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on February 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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