This monument commemorates the participation of the 124th New York State Volunteer Regiment's participation in the Battle of Gettysburg. The Regiment, nicknamed the "Orange Blossoms" for Orange County, drew enough volunteers to fill ten companies. Five of the Regiment's members were awarded Medals of Honor for their gallantry during the Civil War.
Two months after sustaining heavy losses at Chancellorsville, the Regiment joined the battle at Gettysburg. Over the course of those three days, the Regiment lost 28 men killed, 57 wounded, and 5 missing. Among those killed was Colonel Augustus van Horne Ellis, a resident of New Windsor, Orange County, New York who enlisted the regiment. His example of calm courage under fire inspired the incorporation of his statue as the pinnacle of the monument.
The monument is on Houck's Ridge (Sickles Avenue at latitude: 39.7923775 and longitude: 77.2422714) overlooking the Regiment's position at the place called "Devil's Den". Created by the 124th's Regimental Association.
124th New York Infantry 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Corps. July 2, 1863.
The Orange Blossoms Went Into Action On This Spot With 18 Officers And 220 Men. Lost In Killed And Wounded 7 Officers And 85 Men. Mustered In Sept. 5,1862. Mustered Out June 2, 1865. Total Enlistments 1320. Total Losses 516.
Col. A. Van Horne Ellis Capt. Isaac Nichols Sergt. John D. Drare Sergt. William H. Cox Corpl. Jacob Lent, Priv. William Lamoreaux Benjamin F. Flagg James Rourke James E. Homan Charles Edwards James Partington William Whan William Moore John Carroll Corneeius S. Aelen George H. Stephens Ambrose S. Hulburt
Our Comrades They Died For Their Country
Major James Cromwell Lieut. Milnor Brown Corpl. Orlando U. Knapp Corpl. Isaac Decker Priv. Harrison Storms Robert J. Holland John Glanz James Pembleton James B. Moore Hezekiah Harris John Scott Amzi W. Quick Isaac G. Gileson William D. Dawkins William Campbell Thomas Corbett Walter Barton