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Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry

 
 
Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
1. Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Marker
Inscription.
The position of this regiment in line of battle
was 125 yards S.S.W.
which is represented by its monument.
When Pickett's Division pierced the Union line
this regiment retired by its right flank,
faced left, and rushed up to this copse of trees
and attacked Pickett's troops then
coming over the wall.

 
Erected 1886 by State of Massachusetts.
 
Location. 39° 48.738′ N, 77° 14.165′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Hancock Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located on the south side of the Copse of Trees 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. Fifteenth Massachusetts Vounteer Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Nineteenth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 59th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); High Water Mark (within shouting distance of this marker); First New York Battery (within shouting
Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
2. Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Marker
distance of this marker); 69th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker); 106th Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery B, 1st Rhode Island Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. High Water Mark. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on February 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. The Harvard Regiment. Site detailing the history of the regiment, known as the Harvard Regiment. (Submitted on February 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Massachusetts Markers on the South Side of the Copse of Trees Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
3. Massachusetts Markers on the South Side of the Copse of Trees
Three Massachusetts regiments have markers indicating their role in the repulse of Pickett's Charge. Closest to the camera is the 20th Massachusetts. In the middle is the 15th Massachusetts. Close to the High Water Mark memorial is the 19th Massachusetts.
Advance of the Massachusetts Regiments Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
4. Advance of the Massachusetts Regiments
Looking south from the marker location. The US Regulars Memorial stands in the center of view. From the far right, down the wall from the 7th Michigan Infantry monument is a large stone incorporated into the monument for the 20th Massachusetts. The 15th Massachusetts was a bit further down the line. Both Massachusetts regiments were among the troops that advanced across the ground here to flank the Confederate penetration at the angle.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 704 times since then and 49 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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