The 140th New York Infantry Monument on Little Round Top at Gettysburg National Military Park.
The 140th New York Infantry was essential in saving Little Round Top on July 2, 1863. During the battle as General Evander Law’s Alabamians stormed the south slope of the hill that was defended by the 20th Maine, 83rd Pennsylvania, and 44th New York, two regiments of Texas infantry slipped into the valley and nearly flanked the 16th Michigan. The right flank of companies of the 19th Michigan began to give way just as the 140th New York arrived. The commander of the 140th, Colonel Patrick O’Rorke, was a West Pointe graduate. There was no time to load muskets so they fixed bayonets and went to assist the 16th Michigan. The Confederates were beaten back down the hill and the position was secured. Colonel O’Rorke was found dead at the place where the monument is located. He was shot through the neck during the charge. The monument was designed by the Veteran’s association of the 140th New York as a memorial to the members of the unit who died at Gettysburg. On the front of the monument is a bronze bust of Colonel O’Rorke. It is said that rubbing his nose is good luck.
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