17th Connecticut (Wainwright Avenue)

The 17th Connecticut served as members of Ames’ Brigade in Barlow’s Division of the Eleventh Corps, Army of the Potomac. The regiment is honored by two monuments at Gettysburg: one on East Howard Avenue at Barlow’s Knoll and a second on Wainwright Avenue at the base of East Cemetery Hill. In addition, the regiment is honored by a memorial flagpole.

Monument to the 17th Connecticut on Brickyard Lane. Gettysburg February 2012

Dedicated: 1893.

Location: Wainwright Avenue, base of East Cemetery Hill. Located on the west side of Wainwright Avenue near the north end.  39° 49.356′ N, 77° 13.687′ W.

Description: A granite shaft bearing incised inscriptions and a relief of the state seal of Connecticut. The shaft rests atop a triple base. The State of Connecticut appropriated $500 towards its construction on March 16, 1887, and did so again on May 6, 1889. Monument is a 2.3 foot square smooth cut granite shaft with an excised state seal and incised inscriptions on the east and set on a 5.3 foot square three-part base. Overall height is 19.9 feet. The monument reportedly stands on the spot where Captain Burr captured the “la tiger color bearer.”

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