This monument marks the initial line of the 5th New Jersey Infantry after it was deployed to reinforce the extended III Corps line in front of the Klingel House along Emmitsburg Road. The regiment, commanded by Colonel William J. Sewell, arrived on the Battlefield on the night of July 1, 1863, and was posted with the rest of its brigade in the woods near the Trostle House. Late on July 2 it was detached from the brigade and ordered to the III Corps line along Emmitsburg Road. Skirmishers from the regiment advance to near the Spangler House, and the unit was subject to severe artillery fire from Confederate guns on Seminary Ridge until was attacked by Alabamans of Wilcox's brigade around 5PM. Under pressure, the 5th NJ moved back its battle line to a position in front of the Klingel House to support the 4th US Artillery's Battery K under command of Lt. Francis Seeley, and absorbed counter-battery fire and numerous casualties until the artillery retreated. The unit then broke for the Union Cemetery Ridge position along with the other remnants of the shattered III Corps. Col. Sewell and Captain (acting major) Virgil Healy were wounded during the retreat, and command of the regiment devolved onto Captain Thomas C. Godfrey, who led it until wounds he sustained forced him to defer to Captain Henry H. Woolsey. During the Third Day of the Battle the regiment witnessed, but did not participate in Pickett's Charge and its repulse. The 5th New Jersey, with 206 men at the start of the battle, lost 23 men killed (including Captains Edward Berry of Company E and Thomas Kelly of Company I), 57 wounded and 16 missing, nearly half its number. Its monument was dedicated on June 30, 1888.
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