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Monuments at Gettysburg – 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry

Posted By on May 8, 2015

The 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry Monument at Gettysburg is located east of the town of Gettysburg near Cavalry Field Road on the East Cavalry Battlefield.

A picture of the monument as shown above can be seen on Stephen Recker’s Virtual Gettysburg Web Site which has more information about the monument and the 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry.

A full description of the monument, its GPS Coordinates, additional photographs, and some of the history of the 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry, can be found on the Stone Sentinels Web Site.

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From the Philadelphia Inquirer of 11 September 1889 came an explanation of why there was no monument dedication for the 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry.

One of Those Not Erected.

The 3rd Regiment Cavalry was composed of independent volunteer companies existing before the war and for others that responded to the first call for troops.  It was ordered from Camp Curtin to Baltimore April 1861, came back to York, proceeded 27 May to join the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division.  It was mustered out on 29 July.  The officers were Colonel, Francis P. Minier; Lieutenant Colonel, John M. Power; Major, Oliver M. Irvine; Adjutant, James C. Noon.

The monument to be erected by the 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry has not been completed and will not be dedicated until October next, but a regimental reunion will be held in the public school house at Gettysburg on the evening of 11 September, and the survivors will take part in the parade on the 12th.

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Edward S. Jones

The commander of the 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry at Gettysburg was Lieutenant Colonel Edward S. Jones.

Jones claimed to be 21 years old at the time of his muster into the 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry as the Captain of Company C.  On the 20 November 1862, he was transferred to headquarters with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  Although he was commissioned Colonel on 16 August 1864, he was not mustered at that rank and was discharged with the regiment on 24 August 1864.

On 30 December 1879 Jones applied for a pension which the Pension Index Cards (Fold3 and Ancestry.com) do not indicate that received.

For more information about the regimental history including its activities at the Battle of Gettysburg, see History of the Third Pennsylvania Cavalry (Sixtieth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers) in the American Civil War, 1861-1865. The book has long been out of print but is now available as a free download through Google Books.  See also the blog post presented here on 24 June 2011.

As of the date of this writing, a Findagrave Memorial has not been located for him.

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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 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry 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 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry, but was not part of the regiment during its days at Gettysburg.  There could also be errors on the plaque.

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