COMING SOON! The 71st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry at Gettysburg
The 71st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment, also known as The Philadelphia Brigade, was a unit of the Union Army that fought in the American Civil War. At the Battle of Gettysburg, which took place from July 1 to 3, 1863, the 71st Pennsylvania was part of the 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac.
On the first day of the battle, the 71st Pennsylvania was engaged in the fighting around McPherson's Ridge and Seminary Ridge. The unit suffered heavy casualties, with more than 50% of its men being killed, wounded, or captured. Despite being heavily outnumbered, the 71st Pennsylvania held its ground and helped to repel the initial Confederate attack.
On the second day of the battle, the 71st Pennsylvania was again called upon to defend against a Confederate assault. This time, the unit was stationed at Cemetery Ridge, where it helped to hold off a major attack by the Confederate army. Again, the 71st Pennsylvania suffered heavy casualties, with more than 60% of its men being killed, wounded, or captured.
On the third day of the battle, the 71st Pennsylvania was not directly involved in the fighting, but it provided support to other units as needed. At the end of the battle, the 71st Pennsylvania had suffered a total of 260 casualties, including 81 men who were killed.
Despite its heavy losses at Gettysburg, the 71st Pennsylvania continued to serve throughout the rest of the war. It was mustered out of service in July 1865, after the end of the war.
After several years of planning and working with national parks, the American Red Cross and local businesses, plus the Washington County Red Cross chapter, dedicated the Clara Barton monument on Sept. 9, 1962, at Antietam National Battlefield in recognition of Barton’s distinguished and extraordinary accomplishments.
Clara Barton tended to the wounded and suffering at Antietam during the battle on Sept. 17, 1862, and was given the nickname “Angel of the Battlefield.” The monument at Antietam is believed to be the only one in the United States to recognize the work of Barton during times of war, and especially her humanitarian work in the U.S. and abroad.
This monument is a favorite amongst Civil War enthusiasts and now you can own a replica of this work of art. Available beginning Saturday, October 14, 2022, the Clara Barton Monument replica is available in the gallery at Casteel Sculptures located at 789 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA, or order online at valleyartsgallery.com.