Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Coster Avenue Mural
† † † The Coster Avenue Mural depicts the fight between the Union brigade of Col. Charles R. Coster and the Confederate brigades of Brig. Gen. Harry T. Hays and Col. Isaac E. Avery on the afternoon of July 1, 1863. Costerís three small regiments (the 134th New York, 154th New York, and the 27th Pennsylvania) were rushed to this position from Cemetery Hill to cover the retreat of the Eleventh Corps. They took position behind fences in John Kuhnís brickyard, and were immediately attacked by Haysís (the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Louisiana) and Averyís (the 6th, 21st, and 57th North Carolina) regiments. Outnumbered approximately three to one and outflanked on both ends of their line (see map at right), Costerís men were driven from the brickyard with great loss, after a brave but brief struggle. One of Averyís regimental commanders reported attacking the brickyard fence with “the enemy stubbornly holding their position until we climbed over into their midst.” It is this climactic moment of the battle that the mural depicts.
† † † The Coster Avenue Mural was conceived, researched, designed, and funded by author and artist Mark H. Dunkelman (pictured top left), historian of the 154th New York. The final mural was painted by Rhode Island artist Johan Bjurman (top right), who also supervised its construction and installation,
† † † After more than a decade of exposure to the elements, the mural was in need of a restoration. Financing for the work was generously provided by the “Bearss Brigade” and other friends of the painting. The “Bearss Brigade” consists of friends and followers of Edwin C. Bearss (pictured at bottom), Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, widely published author and the most legendary battlefield guide in the United States. Each year the “Bearss Brigade” makes a substantial contribution to the Civil War Preservation effort of Edís choice, and in 2001 he picked the Coster Avenue Mural as the beneficiary of their generosity. The restoration work was done by Johan Bjurman and Mark Dunkleman that autumn. Many thanks to Ed Bearss and his followers (and other friends) for enabling the restoration of the mural.
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Location. 39° 50.106′ N, 77° 13.666′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Coster Avenue east of Havel Alley, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. First Brigade (here, next to this marker); 154th New York Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 27th Pennsylvania Volunteers (a few steps from this marker); 134th Regiment New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Stevens Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Office of a President (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dwight D. Eisenhower (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eddie Plank (1875-1926) (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 14, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 388 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on April 14, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 9. submitted on July 11, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.