Gettysburg’s Big Round Top is home to one of the lesser known monuments on the battlefield. It marks the position held by the Irish 9th Massachusetts Infantry from the late evening of 2nd July 1863. The regiment had a proud service history during the American Civil War, but through no fault of their own, their contributions at Gettysburg could best be described as peripheral. Despite this, in the decades following the conflict, some veterans of the 9th felt the need to portray their role in the fighting as a key one. Why was this? This post examines that question, looking at both the veteran’s writings and the story of the 9th Massachusetts monument, which was placed on the field in 1885.
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