This monument, dedicated on July 1, 1889, stands in the Wheatfield, where the 61st New York Infantry fought as part of Col. Edward Cross' II Corps Brigade. The regiment, known as the "Clinton Guards" and commanded by Lieutenant Colonel K. Oscar Broady, charged through the east half of the Wheatfield with the rest of its brigade and engaged Confederates under General Richard Anderson in the Rose Woods during the heavy fighting on July 2, 1863. They battled there until Confederate re-enforcements increased the fire on the New Yorkers, causing a great number of casualties. After a half hour of fighting they were relieved by other Union units. The remnants of the regiment spent the rest of July 2 guarding Confederate prisoners. On July 3 occupied the Wheatfield area they battled in the previous day (which had been abandoned by the Confederates), and sustained heavy artillery fire during the Confederate cannonade of that day. The regiment fielded only 90 men during the battle, and lost 14 men killed (including 2nd Lieutenant Franklin K. Garland of Company A, who is buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery), and 43 wounded.
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