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51st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

 
 
Front Side of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2007
1. Front Side of Monument
Inscription.
(Front Inscription):
The 51st Regt. P. V.
was organized Sept. 1861
By Col. afterwards,
Maj. Gen. John F. Hartranft
its leader in many battles and in
this charge
Mustered out July 1865
Engaged in 20 battles or minor
combats and numerous skirmishes
Total death roll 214

(Left Inscription):
Omitted.
Private Charles Keyser, Co. A.
5th Sergt. Richard J. Williams, Co B.
8th Corp. George W. Bird, Co B.
Private David S. Hutman Co B.
Private Henry C. Unicore, Co B.

(Rear Inscription):
Erected
by the survivors of the
51st Regt. Pa. Vol.
To commemorate their
comrades who fell in
taming this bridge in the
battle between the Federal
and Confederate forces
Sept. 17, 1862.

(Right Inscription):
The following comrades were killed
Lieut. Col Thomas S. Bell
Private James Coulston, Co. A.
Private William Somerlot, Co. A.
1st Lieut. Davis Hunsicker, Co C.
Private David McKane, Co. C.
Private Simon P. Emerly, Co. C.
Private John Hallowell, Co. C.
Private George Mayberry, Co. D.
Private William Comer, Co. F.
Private Henry S. Lentz, Co. F.
Private Henry Shultz, Co. F.
Private James Downling, Co. G.
Private Miles Dillen, Co. G.
Private
Left Side of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2007
2. Left Side of Monument
The context of the word "Omitted" is unknown as it pertains to this inscription.
William Wenrton, Co G.
Private Wallis Wiggins, Co G.
1st Lieut. Jacob C. Beaver, Co. _
1st Sergt. Matthew Vandine, Co. _
Private Isaac Beck, Co. _
Private Edward Bear, Co. I.
Private Levi Marks, Co. I.
Private Isaac Wites, Co. I.
Private Thomas P. Davis, Co. _
Sergt. Albert Snyle, Co. _
and 84 others wounded.

 
Location. 39° 27.039′ N, 77° 43.889′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Old Burnside Bridge Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Located to the east of stop 9 (Burnside Bridge) of the driving tour of Antietam Battlefield, along the walking trail east of the bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 2nd Maryland Infantry (a few steps from this marker); We Showered the Lead Across that Creek (a few steps from this marker); Witness to History (a few steps from this marker); Ninth Army Corps (a few steps from this marker); 35th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Ninth Army Corps
Rear Facing of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2007
3. Rear Facing of Monument
(a few steps from this marker); Bridge of Destiny (a few steps from this marker); Fifty-First New York Infantry (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Two 51st Pennsylvania Monuments.
 
Also see . . .
1. 51st Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, IX Corps. General Burnside named the 51st Pennsylvania by name when ordering the final charge on the bridge. (Submitted on March 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. John Frederick Hartranft. A monument to the General stands in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. (Submitted on March 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. John F. Hartranft. John Frederick Hartranft (December 16, 1830 – October 17, 1889) was the 17th Governor of Pennsylvania from 1873 to 1879 and a Union Major General who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the American Civil War. (Submitted on October 1, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Right Face of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2007
4. Right Face of Monument
51st Pennsylvania Volunteer<br>Infantry Monument (Reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
5. 51st Pennsylvania Volunteer
Infantry Monument (Reverse)
51st Pennsylvania Volunteer<br>Infantry Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
6. 51st Pennsylvania Volunteer
Infantry Monument
51st Pennsylvania Volunteer<br>Infantry Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
7. 51st Pennsylvania Volunteer
Infantry Monument
John F. Hartranft (1830-1889) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
8. John F. Hartranft (1830-1889)
In July 1862, Hartranft's men proceeded to Newport News, Virginia, to become part of Burnside's IX Corps, with whom they fought in the Second Battle of Bull Run and at South Mountain. They also fought at the Battle of Antietam, where Hartranft led its famous charge across Burnside's Bridge, suffering 120 casualties.
51st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 24, 2009
9. 51st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Marker
Markers location from atop Burnside Bridge (yellow arrow).
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,019 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on , by Harry Dillon of Tyrone, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   9. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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