116th P.V.I. Gettysburg Monument


The 116th P.V.I. at the monument, Tuesday, July 2, 2013 (150th Anniversary)


116th Monument at Gettysburg

"116th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps"

"The monument to the 116th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment is south of Gettysburg on Sickles Avenue. (39.79753° N, 77.24588° W; map)"

"About the monument to the 116th Pennsylvania: The monument was erected in 1888 and dedicated by the State of Pennsylvania on on September 11, 1889. It is a nine foot wide granite sephulchre supporting the sculpture of a fallen soldier lying next to a stone wall. The soldier was probably modelled after Sergeant Charles Gardner of the 110th Pennsylvania Infantry, who Major Mulholland's adjutant sketched after finding the sergeant lying dead on the field with a peaceful smile on his face."


116th Monument at Gettysburg

"The 116th Pennsylvania at Gettysburg: The 116th was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Major St. Clair A. Mulholland, a Philadelphia painter born in County Antrim, Ireland. Mulholland was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Chancellorsville in May of 1863."

"By the time of the Battle of Gettysburg the regiment was reduced to a battalion of four companies. Company B was detached during the battle, serving as the Division Provost Guard." (Source: Stone Sentinels)


116th Monument at Gettysburg

"The sculptor was J. Henderson Kelly. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy under Thomas Eakins from 1879 to 1882. He was a member of the Sketch Club from 1882 to 1884. Little is known of Kelly's life and works." (Source: The Philadelphia Sketchclub)

"The Draw the Sword site helped out by the NPS narrative, the SIRIS site and my own observations offers the following description: Reclining figure of a fallen infantryman is installed on a long, rectangular pedestal and base. The figure lies at a farm fence in a rocky landscape. There is a polished trefoil, the corps insignia, on the front of the pedestal and a State Seal relief on the left face. It indicates the point from which the regiment drove the Confederates on the afternoon of July 2, 1863. The regiment held the position for about twenty minutes until forced to retire."


116th Monument at Gettysburg

"The monument was installed in 1888 and dedicated Sept. 11, 1889 by the survivors of the regiment. The monument is composed of: Sculpture: granite; Base: granite with bronze relief. The monument's dimensions are: Sculpture: approximately 50 x 84 x 40 inches; Base: approximately W. 9 feet 6 inches x D. 5 feet 8 inches. The monument was fabricated by J. Henderson Kelley. There are brief inscriptions on all four sides, all of which read: (Front): 116th Pennsylvania Infantry 2nd Brig. 1st Div. 2nd Corps. (Back): 2nd Brigade. July 2, 1863 In action 142 officers and men, Killed and wounded 37 (Left): Irish Brigade. (Right): 1st Division." (Source:Waymarking)

John Moore of Getty Images took this image which appeared on CBS Philadelphia's website.
reclining l-r: Jack Helm & Dave Hockenberry, kneeling l-r: Mike Robertson, John Tadler,
Paddy Devlin, Andy Vandall & Dave Ward, standing l-r: Tyler Putman, Steve Hawkins,
Ron Maness, Keith Murray, Mike Kraus, Craig Geppert, Anthony Schatz, Lance Carroll,
Joe Calzarette & KC Kirkman
GETTYSBURG, PA - JULY 02: (Top photo) Union Civil
War re-enactors from the 116th Pennsylvania pose for a
group photo on the battlefield known as The Wheatfield on July 2, 2013 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Thousands of re-enactors had converged on Gettysburg for the 150th anniversary of the historic battle, which occurred between July 1-3, 1863. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) GETTYSBURG, PA - JULY 1863: (Bottom photo) Officers of 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, a regiment of the Union Army, pose for a portrait in July, 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Morris Smith/Library of Congress/Getty Images)