This monument, dedicated to the memory of the 143rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, depicts Color Sergeanr Benjamin Crippen. On July 1, 1863, at the Battle of Gettysburg, he was bearing the National Flag as the men of the 143rd Pennsylvania in the Union's 1st Corps slowly gave ground to the Confederates (the general center of their line is marked by the monument). He floated his standard in the field as the regiment fought around it and was the last to retreat turning several times to shake his fist in defiance at the oncoming Southerners. When he was shot down in a hail of bullets, even Confederate Commander Ambrose Powell Hill lamented the loss of one so brave. On September 11, 1889, the 143rd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument was dedicated at the Gettysburg National Military Park. It forever depicts the man who gave men of the North and South pause and inspired both with his remarkable courage. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)
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Witnessing the hallowed lands of battle even 149 years later is a life changing experience. Blessings for all who endured those anguished days, thank you for your sacrifice for our country. -
Anne Shurtleff Stevens Added: Jun. 7, 2015