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

8th Ohio Infantry

Carroll's Brig. 3d Div. 2d Corps, July 2, 3, 1863.

 

—Ohio's Tribute —

 
8th Ohio Infantry Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 27, 2008
1. 8th Ohio Infantry Monument
Inscription. (Front Inscription):
8th Ohio Infantry,
Carroll's Brig. 3d Div.
2d Corps.
July 2,3, 1863.

(Left Side Inscription):
The 8th Ohio Infantry under Lt. Col. Franklin Sawyer took this position at 4 p.m. July 2 after a brisk skirmish and held it July 2 and 3. During Longstreet's assault July 3 the regiment advanced and by left wheel attacked the enemy in flank, capturing three flags and numerous prisoners.

(Right Side Inscription):
8th Ohio Infantry
July 2, 3, 1863.
Engaged 209.
Killed 18.
Wounded 83.
Missing 1.
Total Loss 102.

(Back Inscription):
The 8th Ohio Infantry was organized for 3 months April 29 and for 3 years June 24, 1861. Took part in the Battles of Romney, Winchester 1862, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and many other important engagements. Was mustered out July 13 1864.
 
Erected 1887 by State of Ohio.
 
Location. 39° 48.964′ N, 77° 14.223′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Steinwehr Avenue (Business U.S. 15) and Long Lane, on the left when traveling north on Steinwehr
Front Inscription image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 27, 2008
2. Front Inscription
Avenue. Touch for map. Located across from the Cemetery Hill section of 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. Camp Colt (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Isolated and Advanced Position" of the 8th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); The Medal of Honor at Gettysburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Companies G and I, 4th Ohio Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); United States Army Tank Corps (about 500 feet away); 11th Mississippi Infantry Regiment (about 500 feet away); 107th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry (about 500 feet away); 111th New York Infantry (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. A survey of the war record of the regiment lists many well known actions. The unit began service in western Virginia in 1861 and served until June 1864. (Submitted on October 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Brief History of the 8th Ohio Infantry. The Regiment spent much of July 2 and 3 skirmishing around the Bliss Farm between Seminary and Cemetery Ridges.
Left Side Inscription image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 27, 2008
3. Left Side Inscription
Their location just happened to be standing off the left flank of the Confederate assault of July 3, a position from which the regiment gave some devastating volleys. (Submitted on October 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Right Side Inscription image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 27, 2008
4. Right Side Inscription
Back Inscription image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 27, 2008
5. Back Inscription
Drum, Bedroll and Cartridge Box on Top of the Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 8, 2008
6. Drum, Bedroll and Cartridge Box on Top of the Monument
State Seal on Front of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 8, 2008
7. State Seal on Front of Monument
From the Left Flank Marker Stone image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 8, 2008
8. From the Left Flank Marker Stone
Looking at the monument from the left flank marker stone along Emmitsburg Road. The flank markers here are an example of "general location" placement. The 8th Ohio was deployed on skirmish lines in front of the main federal position for much of July 2 and 3, 1863.
Skirmish Line image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 8, 2008
9. Skirmish Line
Looking west down Long Lane toward Seminary Ridge. This road did not exist at the time of the battle. The 8th Ohio kept a spirited skirmish line out harassing the Confederates on the northern end of Seminary Ridge through July 2 and 3. Before Longstreet's assault on July 3, the 8th Ohio pulled their lines in, but were unable to return to the safety of Cemetery Ridge. Laying concealed in the fields between the lines, the 8th Ohio detached elements of the rose and delivered several stunning volleys into the flanks of Brokenbrough's and Davis' Brigades on the left flank of the assault.
8th Ohio Infantry Monument and Flank Markers image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
10. 8th Ohio Infantry Monument and Flank Markers
Looking across the Emmitsburg Road at the monument. Flank markers stand to either side of the monument, but the regiment's skirmish line was further forward.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,145 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 7, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on January 8, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   10. submitted on March 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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