Posted By Norman Gasbarro on June 5, 2015
The two monuments to the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry at Gettysburg are located southeast of the town of Gettysburg, close to each other on the eastern side of Baltimore Pike. One of the monuments is pictured above and can be seen on Stephen Recker’s Virtual Gettysburg Web Site which has more information about the monuments and the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry. The other monument is also pictured on Stephen Recker’s site.
The Philadelphia Inquirer of 11 September 1889 in its special edition on activities of the monument dedication day, provided no information about the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry.
The first soldier to die on the Gettysburg battlefield was Private George W. Sandoe of the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry. Private Sandoe was a member of the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry for less than a week when he was sent on an advanced scouting mission and was shot in the head by a member of the 35th Virginia Cavalry. Five days later, the ground on which he fell became part of the area of the Battle of Gettysburg. He is buried at Mount Joy Cemetery, Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania. He is the only only soldier of the rank of private to whom a battlefield monument has been erected.