First Regiment Minnesota Volunteers

First Regiment Minnesota Volunteers (HMAAJ)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 48.396', W 77° 14.102'

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1st Brigade, 2nd Division

— 2nd Corps —

First Regiment
Minnesota Vol's
1st Brigade 2nd Div 2nd Corps
April 29 1861 - May 4 1864
Bull Run, Balls Bluff, Berryville, Yorktown, West Point, Hanover Court House, Fair Oaks, Peach Orchard, Savage Station, White Oak Swamp, Glendale, Malvren Hill, 2nd Malvern Hill, Vienna, South Mountain, Antietam, Charlestown, Asby's Gap, Fredericksburg, Marye's Heights, Haymarket, Gettysburg, Auburn, Bristow Station, Mine Run and numerous skrimshes

Erected by The State of Minnesota a.d. 1893

On the afternoon of July 2, 1863 Sickles Third Corps having advanced from this line to the Emmitsburg Road eight companies of the First Minnesota Regiment numbering 262 men were sent to this place to support a battery upon Sickles repulse. As his men were passing here in confused retreat two Confederate brigades in pursuit to gain time to bring up reserves and save this position Gen Hancock in person ordered the eight companies to charge the rapidly advancing enemy. The order was instantly repeated by Col. Wm. Colvill and the charge as instantly made down the slope at full speed through the concentrated fire of the two brigades. Breaking with the bayonet the enemy's front line as it was crossing the small brook in the low ground there. The remnant of the eight companies nearly surrounded by the enemy held its entire force at bay for a considerable time and till it retired on the approach of the reserve. The charge successfully accomplished its object. It saved this position and probably the battlefield. The loss of the eight companies in the charge was 215 killed and wounded. More than 83 percent. 47 men were still in line and no man missing. In self-sacrificing desperate valor this charge has no parallel in any war. Among the severely wounded were Col. Wm. Colvill, Lt. Co.. Chas. P. Adams and Maj. Mark W. Downie. Among the killed Capt. Joseph Periam, Capt. Louis Mullen and Lt. Waldo Farrar. The next day the regiment participated in repelling Pickett's Charge losing 17 more men killed and wounded.

See smaller monument 1/4 of a mile to the right.
Year Placed1893
Placed ByState of Minnesota
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Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 12:05am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 308672 N 4408681
Decimal Degrees39.80660000, -77.23503333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 48.396', W 77° 14.102'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 48' 23.76" N, 77° 14' 6.12" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4760 Hancock Ave, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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