One of the reasons I wanted to revisit Gettysburg (I had been here years earlier with my kids) was to see the places my great-great-grandfather, Zophar Skinner and his unit, the Rhode Island 2nd Infantry Regiment, Company C were during the Gettysburg battle, and to trace the role his regiment played at Gettysburg. I knew that most Regiments had monuments here noting their battlefield locations during the 3 days of the battle and I wanted to find the 2nd Infantry's monuments.
One of the Park Rangers had a loose leaf book that gave the details of the state regiments and the location of Regimental or State monuments. His data page for Rhode Island showed that the 2nd Infantry had 348 men and suffered 7 losses, and that there were two regimental monuments documenting the location of the Regiment during the last two days of the battle. The unit was mostly held in Reserve on the 2nd day of the battle, and moved up to the center of the line late in the afternoon of the last day.
|Monument near Little Round Top|
|Battle plaque near Little Round Top|
"Army of the Potomac
Sixth Corps Third Division
Col. Henry L. Eustis
7th 10th 37th Massachusetts
2d Rhode Island Infantry
July 2 Arrived about 2 P.M. from Manchester MD and late in the day
moved to the northeast slope of Little Round Top and held in
reserve bivouacking for the night with First Brigade in the rear
July 3 Moved to the right Centre and reported to Major Gen.
J. Newton and was held in reserve during the battle.
Not engaged but subject to artillery fire
Casualties Killed 3 men Wounded 2 officers 39 men captured
or missing 25 men Total 69"
|Momument near Codori Farm, Emmitsburg Road in the center of the battlefield|
|Inscription on the monument near Codori Farm|
2nd R.I. Volunteers
Col. Horatio Rogers Jr.
2nd Brig. 3rd Div.
July 4, 1863"
I have a copy of Zophar's 1863 diary at home, and the entries for the days surrounding the Gettysburg Battle are in this post.