126th New York Infantry

The 126th New York Infantry served as members of Willards’ Brigade of Hays’ Division of the Second Corps of the Army of the Potomac. The regiment is honored by a monument.

Monument to the 126th New York Infantry. original (22936) Gettysburg June 2011

Dedicated Oct. 3, 1888.

Location: Located on the east side of Hancock Avenue in Ziegler’s Grove. The monument is located on the position occupied by the 126th New York on July 3, 1863. The monument is said to sit at the spot where Sherrill fell mortally wounded while helping to repulse Pickett’s Charge.

Description: A square granite monument topped with a trefoil is adorned on the front with a bronze relief plaque featuring a bust of General Eliakim Sherrill. Above the portrait is a circular bronze plaque depicting the state seal. Monument is a polished stepped granite stone shaft with a pyramidal cap that has a trefoil finial and set on a 8.5×7.5 foot stepped base. The shaft has an excised inscription, bronze portrait bas-relief of the regimental commander, medallion, and tablets. Overall height is 16.4 feet. Flanking markers are one foot square.