13th Regiment Infantry
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Hancock Avenue, Cemetery Ridge, north of column. Gettysburg
On this field the right Regiment of
Stannard's Vermont Brigade
Third Brigade Third Division First Corps
July2 Five companies under Lieut.--Colonel
Wm. D. Munson supported batteries on Cemetery Hill
near evening the other five companies commanded
by Colonel Francis V. Randall charged to the
Rodgers House on the Emmitsburg Road captured
83 prisoners and recapturing 4 guns after which
they took position here and where soon joined by
the five companies from Cemetery Hill
July 3. In the morning 100 men advanced 45 yards
under the fire of Sharpshooters and placed a line
of rails. When the Confederate column crossed
the Emmitsburg Road, the Regiment advanced to the
Rail Breastworks and opened fire as the Confederates
obliqued to their left. The Regiment changed front
forward on first company advanced 200 yards attacking
the Confederate right flank throwing it into confusion
and capturing 243 prisoners.
Officers and men engaged
Killed and mortally wounded
The Regiment volunteered in the summer
of 1862 and with 968 Officers and men was
mustered into service October 10, 1862.
The average of the men being 23 years
Prior to the Gettysburg campaign it served
chiefly picketing a line between Centreville and
Occoquan Va. Forty-eight hours after the
Army passed pursuing the enemy to this field
the Regiment was ordered to join the First Corps.
Haste was so urgent that an order forbade
leaving the ranks for water and after forced
marches with all the attendant privations incident
thereto and lack of rations by reason of the
Commissary Train being diverted it arrived on
the battle field July 1.
Mustered out at Brattleboro Vt. July 21, 1863
This monument was erected
by One Hundred and Ninety-three of the survivors
FRANCIS V. RANDALL
Captain Second Vermont Infantry
Colonel Thirteenth Vermont Infantry
Colonel Seventeenth Vermont Infantry
July 2. In the charge Colonel Randall fell with
his wounded horse but soon overtook and led
the line on foot.
July 3. When the Confederates began to yield
to the flank attack and his order to cease firing
was not heard. He rushed in front of his line and
by word and gesture made himself understood and
thus saved the lives of many foes.
He died at Northfield Vermont March 1, 1885.
In 1893 the survivors of the Thirteenth erected
a monument at his grave.
The statue represents
Lieutenant Stephen F. Brown Co. K
who arrived on the field without
a sword but seizing a camp hatchet
carried it in the battle
until he captured a sword from
a Confederate officer.
Persevering and determined like him
where all the men of this Regiment
of Green Mountain Boys.
Field & Staff
Organized at Brattleboro October 10, 1862, for nine months.
Moved to Washington, D.C., October 11-13. Attached to and Brigade,
Abercrombie's Division, Military District of Washington, to February,
1863. 2nd Brigade, Casey's Division, 22nd Army Corps, to April,
1863. 2nd Brigade. Abercrombie's Division, 22nd Army Corps, to
July, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of
the Potomac, July, 1863.
SERVICE.--At Camp Chase, Arlington, Va.. October 25-28,
1862, and at East Capital Hill until October 30. March to Munson's
Hill October 30, thence to Hunting Creek November 5. At Camp Vermont,
near Hunting Creek, until November 26. Picket duty near Occoquan
Creek until December 5. At Camp Vermont until December 12. Picket
duty near Fairfax Court House until January 20, 1863. Defence
of Fairfax Court House from attack by Stuart's Cavalry December
29. 1862. Duty at Wolf Run Shoals January 20-April 2. Guard duty
at Occoquan Creek until June 25. March to Gettysburg. Pa., June
25-July 1. Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3. Pursuit of Lee to Middletown,
Md., July 4-8. Left front July 8 and moved to Brattleboro, Vt.,
July 8-13. Mustered out July 21, 1863.
Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 16 Enlisted men
killed and mortally wounded and 4 Officers and 55 Enlisted men
by disease. Total 76.