The 2nd Massachusetts Sharpshooters served attached to the 22nd Massachusetts in Tilton’s Brigade of Barnes’ Division of the Fifth Corps. The regiment is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.
Dedicated: October 8, 1885.
Location: South side of Sickles Avenue at the Loop, near monuments to the 22nd and 32nd Massachusetts.
Description: Full-length uniformed sharp shooter stands behind a waist-high, rough-hewn monolith. The figure holds his rifle in both hands, poised to fire. The rifle’s barrel rests atop the monolith. Granite monument is a sculpted infantryman 2×2.5 foot and six foot high in a standing position behind a boulder. The face of the boulder serves as a tablet for incised inscriptions.
Sadly, this monument has suffered from frequent incidences of vandalism. In June 1992, the cap was chipped and the head severed from the monument. The head was reattached in 1993. In February 2012, the monument was vandalized again with blue spray paint.