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

Gen. Strong Vincent

 
 
Gen. Strong Vincent Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2008
1. Gen. Strong Vincent Marker
The marker was broken in two pieces by vandals in the 1970s. In 1978 the marker was remounted (facing the opposite direction of the original placement) and rededicated. Note the use of the Maltese Cross, the symbol of the Fifth Corps.
Inscription.  
3rd Brigade
First Division
5th Corps.
Gen. Strong Vincent.
Wounded
July 2, died July
7, 1863

 
Erected 1878.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 39° 47.457′ N, 77° 14.216′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Sykes Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Located at stop 8, Little Round Top, on the driving tour of Gettysburg National Military Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Breastworks (within shouting distance of this marker); Third Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 12th and 44th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Col. Strong Vincent (within shouting distance of this marker); "Hold The Ground At All Hazards" (within shouting distance of this marker); 140th New York Infantry
Gen. Strong Vincent Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2008
2. Gen. Strong Vincent Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Tenacious 20th Maine (within shouting distance of this marker); Sixteenth Michigan Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Strong Vincent. Biography of Col. Strong Vincent. Vincent was promoted to Brigadier General while he lay dying, and that title is used on both the marker and rock carving. The article offers additional details about the events that brought Vincent to destiny at Little Round Top. (Submitted on January 3, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Born in Waterford, Erie County, Pennsylvania. Brief biography and photograph from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (Submitted on January 4, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Where was Vincent Mortally Wounded?
The real answer is probably lost to time and faded memories. Vincent was wounded while rallying the 16th Michigan, which would suggest the rock carving on top of the hill is more accurate. However, the marker was among the first erected at Gettysburg, also giving it a strong case for the
Looking Up from the Vincent Wounding Marker to the 12th / 44th New York Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2008
3. Looking Up from the Vincent Wounding Marker to the 12th / 44th New York Monument
The carved rock seen in the photos below is a few paces behind the memorial. This view is provided to offer some perspective as to the different locations noted as the spot Vincent where was wounded.
more accurate location. Perhaps the only right answer is, "he was wounded in his thigh...."
    — Submitted January 3, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
Rock Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
4. Rock Inscription
On a rock to the rear of the 12th / 44th New York Monument, about 25 yards north of the marker, is an inscription that reads:
Gel. Strong Vincent fell here
Com'g 3d. Brig. 1st Div. 5 Corp
July 2nd. 1863.
Location of the Rock Carving at the Crest of Little Round Top image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
5. Location of the Rock Carving at the Crest of Little Round Top
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 3, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,538 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 3, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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