Cumberland Township in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
72nd Pennsylvania Infantry
2nd Brigade, 2nd Division
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
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.
The regiment assisted in repulsing the
the charge of the enemy on the angle at
3 p.m. and in capturing many standards
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
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 2
Total of killed, wounded and missing 197.
72nd Penna. Infantry
Erected 1891 by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is August 10, 1861.
Location. 39° 48.779′ N, 77° 14.176′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Memorial is on Hancock Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Located near the "Copse of Trees" and the "Angle" on Cemetery Ridge in 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. 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 VolunteersBattery 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); A Thunderous Duel (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
Also see . . . 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry. Service history of the regiment. (Submitted on February 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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