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Monuments at Gettysburg – 95th Pennsylvania Infantry

Posted By on January 29, 2015

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The 95th Pennsylvania Infantry Monument at Gettysburg is located south of the town of Gettysburg on Wheatfield Road and east of Crawford Avenue.  It was dedicated in 1888 and turned over to the Memorial Association.

The drawing of the monument pictured above is from a Philadelphia Inquirer article of 11 September 1889.

A picture of the monument can be seen on Stephen Recker’s Virtual Gettysburg Web Site which has more information about the monument and the 95th Pennsylvania Infantry.

A full description of the monument, its GPS Coordinates, additional photographs, and some of the history of the 95th Pennsylvania Infantry, can be found on the Stone Sentinels Web Site.

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According to the Philadelphia Inquirer of 11 September 1889, the 95th Pennsylvania Infantry, having dedicated its monument some years before, only participated in the parade.   A brief history was also presented:

The Part of the 95th.

The 95th’s part in the Gettysburg conflict began on the 2nd after marching all the night before from Westminster.  It went into action at 4 P.M. on the right of the road leading to Emmittsburg Pike, and in the rear of the rocky eminence in front of, and to the right of, Little Round Top.  From the 5th to the 16th it was skirmishing along, commanded by Captain Theodore H. McCalla after the retreating enemy.

From 5 May to 10 May 1864 it was engaged in the Wilderness fights where Lieutenant Colonel Edward Carroll was killed.  It continued in service to Appomattox and then started to join Sherman, but upon Johnston’s surrender returned to Richmond and then on to Philadelphia under command of Colonel Harper.

The 95th dedicated its monument some time ago and will only take part in the parade 75 to 80 strong, commanded bu Captain William and carrying the colors presented to the regiment at Camp Franklin, winter of 1861 and 1862.

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Edward Carroll

Lieutenant Colonel Edward Carroll commanded the 95th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg.  Carroll originally enrolled as Captain of Company F of the 95th Pennsylvania Infantry at Philadelphia on 27 September 1861.  After being wounded at Gaines Mill, Virginia, on 27 Jun 1862, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment on 10 May 1863.

Carroll was 36 years old when he joined the army and claimed Lancaster County as his residence.

Edward Carroll did not survive the war.  He was killed at the Wilderness on 5 May 1864.  His widow Mary applied for a pension on 27 August 1864 which was followed by an application for a minor child.  The full pension application file is available on Fold3.

He is buried at Lawnview Cemetery, Rockledge, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  Additional information about Lieutenant Colonel Carroll can be found at his Findagrave Memorial.

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Around the base of the Pennsylvania Memorial at Gettysburg are a series of plaques which, by regiment and company, note the names of every soldier who was present at the Battle of Gettysburg.  The plaque for the 95th Pennsylvania Infantry is pictured below.  By clicking on the plaque it should enlarge so the names can be more clearly read.  If a name does not appear, it could be that the soldier did serve in the 95th Pennsylvania Infantry, but was not part of the regiment during its days at Gettysburg.  There could also be errors on the plaque.

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