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50th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

 
 
50th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
1. 50th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Monument
Inscription.
1st Brigade 1st Division
9th Corps
Colonel Benjamin C. Christ
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Casualties at Antietam
Killed 8
Wounded 46
Missing 3
Total 57
Recruited in Berks Schuylkill Bradford
Susquehanna Lancaster and Luzerne Counties
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Battles participated in
Coosaw - Spotsylvania
Pocotaligo - Ny River
Second Bull Run - North Anna
Chantilly - Bethesda Church
South Mountain - Cold Harbor
Antietam - Petersburg
Fredericksburg - The Crater
Vicksburg - Weldon Rail Road
Jackson - Ream's Station
Blue Springs - Poplar Spring Church
Campbell's Station - Hatcher's Run
Siege of Knoxville - Fort McGilvery
Wilderness - Fort Stedman
Assault on Petersburg

 
Erected 1904 by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
 
Location. 39° 27.51′ N, 77° 44.198′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Rodman Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. 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. Ninth Army Corps (a few steps from this marker); Longstreet's Command
Inscription of the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
2. Inscription of the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry Monument
(within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Longstreet's Command (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fifth Army Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); Willcox's Division, Ninth Army Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Ninth Army Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fifth Army Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Soldierís Monument (approx. ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. 50th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Monument. National Park Service page detailing the monument. (Submitted on March 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. "Goodrich Guards". The 50th Pennsylvania was part of the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, IX Corps. Initially commanded on the field by Maj. Edward Overton. When Overton was wounded, Capt. William H. Diehl assumed command of the regiment. (Submitted on March 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. 50th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Details of the regiment's service in the war. (Submitted on March 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Seal of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
3. Seal of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
On back of the monument.
 

4. Benjamin C. Christ. Benjamin C. Christ (September 12, 1824 – March 27, 1869) was an officer in the Union army during the American Civil War. He commanded a brigade in the IX Corps of the Army of the Potomac at several important battles, including the Battle of Antietam. (Submitted on September 30, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

5. Colonel Benjamin Christ and His Brigade at Antietam. (Submitted on September 30, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
50th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
4. 50th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Monument
50th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Monument<br>Col. Benjamin C. Christ Statue image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
5. 50th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Monument
Col. Benjamin C. Christ Statue
50th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
6. 50th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Monument
Col. Benjamin C. Christ (1824-1869) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
7. Col. Benjamin C. Christ (1824-1869)
Christ's Brigade--consisting of the 50th Pennsylvania, 28th Massachusetts, 79th New York, and 17th Michigan--saw considerable action and suffered significant casualties at the battles of 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, and Antietam. Casualties in Christís Brigade at the Battle of Antietam numbered 245 men killed, wounded, and missing, with the heaviest loss occurring in the ranks of the 17th Michigan.
Christ's Brigade on the Sherrick Farm Lane image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
8. Christ's Brigade on the Sherrick Farm Lane
Looking south from the location of the 50th Pennsylvania Monument and Tablet 63 location. Elements of Christ's Brigade, including the 17th Michigan, 50th Pennsylvania, and 28th Massachusetts formed along the farm lane along the high ground here. The Brigade faced to the west, confronting Confederates in the high ground in the vicinity of the present day National Cemetery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,104 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 30, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   8. submitted on March 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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