Kelly’s Brigade Monument (2-1-2)

The Second Corps’ First Division’s Second Brigade is honored by a monument.

Monument to Kelly's Irish Brigade at the Loop. Gettysburg April 2011

Location: Sickles Avenue, near the Loop.

Description: Erected 1912. One of 74 Union brigade monuments erected at Gettysburg by the United States War Department to describe the movements and itinerary of each Union brigade of the Army of the Potomac. The monuments were designed by E.B. Cope. Many of the inscription tablets were made of bronze melted down from Civil War cannons. The pedestal consists of sea-green granite with a square base. Base tapers to a smaller dimension at the tablet. On each pedestal is mounted a bronze inscription tablet describing the movements and actions of the unit.

Inscription:

ARMY OF THE POTOMAC
SECOND CORPS FIRST DIVISION
SECOND BRIGADE
Col. Patrick Kelly
28th Massachusetts
63D (2 Cos.) 69th (2 Cos.) 88th (2 Cos.) New York
116th (4 Cos.) Pennsylvania Infantry

July 2. Arrived at 7 A. M. and took position on line from Cemetery Hill to Round Top at right of First Brigade. Between 5 and 6 P. M. went with Division to left First Brigade on the left Third Brigade on right. Engaged the Confederate forces including Brig. Gen. Anderson’s Brigade Major Gen. Hood’s Division in the Wheatfield and forced them through the field southerly into woods beyond capturing many prisoners. The Fourth Brigade having advanced on the left this Brigade held its position until the Division being flanked on right and left retired and resumed former position in line of the Corps.

July 3. Constructed breastworks and remained entrenched until the close of the battle.

Casualties Killed 1 Officer 26 Men Wounded 4 Officers 105 Men Captured or Missing 2 Officers 60 Men Total 198

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