The 13th Massachusetts

The 13th Massachusetts The State of Massachusetts was the first to appropriate funds to assist their veterans associations to place monuments on the Gettysburg battlefield. Found on Oak Ridge one of the earliest & most artistic markers erected can be located.

The 13th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry held onto a critical part of the Union line on July 1st & withdrew only when further defense became hopeless. The monument depicts a color sergeant of that unit & some stories imply that the soldier depicted was actually killed on the spot occupied by the present day monument.

The 13th Massachusetts arrived on the field with 284 men & suffered 65% casualties – 7 killed, 77 wounded & 101 missing in action.

The Monument which can be found on Robinson Avenue was dedicated on Sept. 25, 1885 & cost $500.00