140th New York Infantry

Posted to the Project on 26 May 07

140th New York MonumentThe One Hundred Fortieth New York Infantry is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.

About the Main Monument

When was it dedicated? 1889.

What is it made out of? Monument: granite and bronze; Base: stone.

What size is it? Overall: approx. 8 ft. x 7 ft. x 5 ft. 8 in.

Who made it? Hamilton, J. G., sculptor. Smith Granite Company, fabricator.

What does it depict? Rectangular block monument with inset bronze tondo relief portrait of Col. Patrick H. O’Rorke, on front; State Seal and Maltese cross on back. Monument that has two flanking markers. Monument is a rough hewn granite shaft with an apex top on a rough hewn base, 7×5.8 foot. Overall height is 7.3 foot. Bronze inscription tablets on the north and south sides. Bronze portrait relief of Colonel Patrick O’Rourke on the west side 2.2 foot in diameter. State seal tondo on the east side. Flanking markers are apex topped, one foot square.

What does it honor? Marks position attained by 140th New York on July 2, 1863 where they met Hood’s Division attacking up slopes of Little Round Top. Erected on spot where Col Patrick O’Rourke fell dead, shot while leading charge.

How is it inscribed? VALOR/140TH/N.Y. INFTY./3RD BRIGADE/2ND DIVISION/5TH CORPS/JULY 2 & 3, 1863

When was this photograph taken? March 25, 2012.

Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, On Little Round Top, west of Sykes Avenue, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325.

Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? Yes.

Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been moved or materially altered.

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At Gettysburg

The 140th New York Infantry served as a member of Weed’s Brigade in Ayres’ Division of the Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac. A Fighting 300 Regiment.

Commander: Col. Patrick H. O’Rorke (1836-1863). Born in Ireland; graduated from USMA 1861. Killed on July 2, 1863. Lt. Col. Louis Ernst (1825-1892) took command from O’Rourke. Born in Germany; hardware merchant in Rochester.

Number Engaged: 526

Casualties: 26 killed, 89 wounded, 18 missing

Officers Killed at Gettysburg:

  • 1st Lieutenant Charles P. Klein, Company I, aged 20, of Rochester, mortally wounded on July 2
  • 1st Lieutenant Hugh McGraw, Company K, aged 28, of Rochester, mortally wounded on July 2
  • Colonel Patrick H. O’Rourke, Field Officer, aged 27, of Rochester, killed on July 2

Soldiers Buried in the New York Plot of the Gettysburg National Cemetery:

  • Pvt. John Allen, Company C, B-132
  • Cpl. Robert Blar, Company D, D-79
  • Pvt. Philip Buchner, Company D, D-85
  • Pvt. Michael Burns, Company C, E-44
  • Pvt. Justus Eisenberg, Company D, D-86
  • Pvt. Frederick Feith, Company F, A-99
  • Pvt. Joseph La Rouch, Company H, C-64
  • Sgt. William Marks, Company E, B-76
  • Pvt. Robert Shields, Company C, B-131
  • Pvt. Charles Spielsberger, Company D, D-84
  • Pvt. George Strobridge, Company E, D-92
  • Pvt. Ross Thomas, Company E, D-93
  • Pvt. Sanford Webb, Company G, B-135
  • Pvt. John Zuller, Company B, B-134

General Information

Raised: Monroe County

Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:

Organized at Rochester, N.Y., and mustered in September 13, 1862. Left State for Washington, D.C., September 19, 1862. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 12th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to October, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 12th Army Corps, to November, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps, to March, 1864. 4th Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, to April, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, to June, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps, to June, 1865.

SERVICE.–Camp at Arlington Heights, Va., until September 23, 1862. Duty at Bolivar Heights until November. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. At Falmouth. Va., until April 27, 1862. “Mud March” January 20-24. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1-3. Pursuit of Lee July 5-24. Duty at Warrenton, Beverly Ford and Culpeper until October. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Rappahannock Station November 7. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. At Beverly Ford until May, 1864. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May 3-June 15. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7. Laurel Hill May 8. Spottsylvania May 8-12. Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21. Assault on the Salient May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Bethesda Church June 1-3. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Weldon Railroad June 21-23, 1864. Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30 (Reserve). Poplar Springs Church, Peeble’s Farm, September 29-October 2. Warren’s Raid on Weldon Railroad December 7-12. Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Lewis’ Farm, near Gravelly Run, March 29. White Oak Road March 31. Five Forks April 1. Fall of Petersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. March to Washington, D. C., May 1-12. Grand Review May 23. Mustered out June 3, 1865. Veterans and Recruits transferred to 5th New York Veteran Infantry. Regiment lost during service 8 Officers and 141 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 168 Enlisted men by disease. Total 319.

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