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

13th Vermont Volunteer Infantry

1862 - 1863

 
 
13th Vermont Volunteer Infantry Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
1. 13th Vermont Volunteer Infantry Monument
At the base of the monument is a bronze disk, the symbol of First Corps. Note that just behind the monument is the first position marker stone for the regiment (see nearby markers).
Inscription. (Front):
Thirteenth Vermont
Volunteer Infantry
1862 - 1863
On this field the right regiment of
Stannard's Vermont Brigade
Third Brigade Third Division First Corps
July 2 Five companies under Lieut.-Colonel Wh. D. Munson supported batteries on Cemetery Hill. Near evening the other five companies commanded by Colonel Francis V. Randall charged to the Rogers House on the Emmitsburg Road captured 83 prisoners and recapturing 4 guns after which they took position here and were soon joined by the five companies from Cemetery Hill.

July 3 In the morning 100 men advanced 45 yards under the fire of sharpshooters and placed a line of rails. When the Confederate column crossed the Emmitsburg Road the Regiment advanced to the rail breastworks and opened fire as the Confederates obliqued to their left. The Regiment changed front forward on first company advanced 200 yards attacking the Confederate right flank throwing it into confusion and capturing 243 prisoners.

Officers and men engaged 480
Killed and mortally wounded 22
Other wounded 80

(Left):
The Regiment volunteered in the summer of 1862 and with 968 officers and men was mustered into service October 10 1862. The average age of the men being 23 years.

Prior to the Gettysburg Campaign it served chiefly picketing
Front Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
2. Front Plaque
a line between Centreville and Occoquan Va. Forty-eight hours after the Army passed pursuing the enemy to this field the regiment was ordered to join the "first" Corps

Haste was so urgent that an order forbade leaving the ranks for water and after forced marches with all the attendant privations incident thereto and lack of rations by reasons of the commissary train being diverted it arrived on the battle field July 1.

Mustered out at Brattleboro Vt. July 2. 1863
This monument was erected
by one hundred and ninety-three of the survivors
1899

(Back):
Francis V. Randall
Captain Second Vermont Infantry
Colonel Thirteenth Vermont Infantry
Colonel Seventeenth Vermont Infantry
July 2 In the charge Colonel Randall fell with his wounded horse but soon overtook and led the line on foot.

July 3 When the Confederates began to yield to the flank attack and his order to cease firing was not heard he rushed in front of his line and by word and gesture made himself understood and thus saved the lives of may foes.

He died at Northfield Vermont March 1 1885 in 1893 the survivors of the Thirteenth erected a monument at his grave.

(Right):
The statue represents
Lieutenant Stephen F. Brown Co. K
who arrived on the field without
a sword but seizing a camp hatchet
carried it in the battle
until
Left Side of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
3. Left Side of Monument
he captured a sword from
a Confederate officer
Persevering and determined like him
were all the men of this Regiment
of Green Mountain Boys

 
Erected 1899 by State of Vermont.
 
Location. 39° 48.579′ N, 77° 14.175′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Hancock Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located beside the Vermont State Memorial 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. 13th Vermont (a few steps from this marker); 143rd Pennsylvania Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Vermont (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named 13th Vermont (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery C, Fifth U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Third Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 16th Vermont Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 149th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. High Water Mark. National Park Service
Back of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
4. Back of Monument
virtual tour stop. (Submitted on February 23, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 13th Vermont Infantry. Service history of the Regiment. (Submitted on February 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Right Side of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
5. Right Side of Monument
Statue of Lt. Brown Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
6. Statue of Lt. Brown
Yes he is carrying the captured sword in the statue. The story is that during the march Brown brushed aside guards to give his men access to a well in order to replenish their canteens. For violating orders not to break ranks, Brown was arrested and lost his sword. The statue was to depict Brown with the hatchet in hand. However the Battlefield Commission objected to such depiction. Instead the hatchet was placed at Brown's feet (seen here hanging off the side of the monument) in the final version of the statue.
13th Vermont Volunteer Infantry Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Henry T. McLin, March 19, 2010
7. 13th Vermont Volunteer Infantry Marker
Lieutenant Stephen F. Brown's view of the battlefield at sunset.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,492 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   7. submitted on , by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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