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133 Centre Avenue, Topton, PA

Ray A. Master Post 217


Monument to the 151st Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg

The monument to the 151st Pennsylvania Volunteers is west of Gettysburg on Reynolds Avenue.

(39.83375° N, 77.25103° W; map)

151st Pennsylvania
Volunteer Infantry Regiment

First Corps HQ Flag Second Division, First Corps Flag

 

About the monument

The granite monument stands just under sixteen feet high. The circle symbol of the First Corps is on all four sides of the cap, and a bronze relief of three stacked muskets is set into a niche on its front. The monument was dedicated on July 1, 1888 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

 

The 151st Pennsylvania at Gettysburg

The 151st Pennsylvania was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel George F. McFarland. He was wounded on July 1st near the Seminary, losing his leg. Captain Walter L. Owens then took command.

 

The 151st brought 467 men to the field. It lost 51 killed, 211 wounded and 75 missing - the second highest casualty total of all Union regiments at the Battle of Gettysburg. It mustered out of its nine months service three weeks after the battle, having lost 75% of its strength in its one fight.

 

The regiment had over 100 schoolteachers on its muster rolls, and was known as the School Teacher Regiment.

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