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