121st Regiment of New York Infantry

Descendants Association

 

 

History of the Regiment's Monument

at the Gettysburg National Military Battlefield Park

 

Monument as it appeared when completed on Little Round Top in 1889

 

A General Description of the Monument from the Report of the Gettysburg Monument Committee of the 121st New York Volunteers, compiled by Lt. Col. J.W. Cronkite, Chairman on authority of the committee.


It is built entirely of Quincy granite and standard American bronze, 6 feet square at the base, and 14 feet 3 inches in height, including the surmounting figure of the soldier, which is 7 feet. The front face bears this inscription:

121st N.Y. Infantry, (Col. Emory Upton)
2d Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Corps
Held this position from evening of
July 2d, 1863, until close of battle


Also the 6th Corps Cross, and Coat of Arms of the State of New York, in bronze
On the reverse of the dies is a life size bronze medallion of General Emory Upton
Each of the two sides of the die contains a large bronze panel.


One contains the following inscription:


ORGANIZED IN HERKIMER AND OTSEGO COUNTIES


Mustered in August 23, 1862

Officers .... 30

Men .... 910

Joined by Transfer Recruits, etc.

Officers .... 21

Men .... 212


Casualties

Killed or Mortally Wounded

Officers .... 14

Men .... 212

Wounded

Officers .... 27

Men .... 596

Died of Disease

Officers .... 4

Men .... 117

Discharges for Wounds, Disease, Etc.

Officers .... 37

Men .... 283

Transferred to Other Commands

Officers ....12

Men .... 262


Mustered Out, June 25, 1865

Officers .... 25

Men .... 283

On the opposite side of the die is a list of twenty-five battles

credited to the regiment by the War Department

 

Crampton’s Pass .... 1862

Fredericksburg .... 1862

Marye’s Heights .... 1863

Salem Church .... 1863

Salem Heights .... 1863

Gettysburg .... 1863

Rappahannock Station .... 1863

Mine Run .... 1863

Wilderness .... 1864

Spottsylvania C.H. .... 1864

North Anna .... 1864

Totopotomoy .... 1864

Cold Harbor .... 1864

Petersburg .... 1864

Fort Stevens, D.C. .... 1864

Summit Point .... 1864

Winchester .... 1864

Fisher’s Hill .... 1864

New Market .... 1864

Cedar Creek .... 1864

Hatcher’s Run .... 1865

Peterburg (Fort Fisher) .... 1865

Petersburg (Assault) .... 1865

Sailor’s Creek .... 1865

Appomattox, C.H. April 9th .... 1865


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