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31 May 1909 (Monday)

GAR Monument Slstington

GAR monument, Union cemetery, Slatington, in 2014; photo credit Richard Musselman

Dedication of the Samuel Kress Monument in Union Cemetery. Kress was a private in company I, 153rd infantry regiment PA volunteers, attached to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 11th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac. He was killed in action at Gettysburg on 1 July 1863. Samuel Kress post no. 284 G.A.R. was organized in 1882. There are two monuments to the 153rd infantry at Gettysburg. (See also this image of the monument.)

The Gettysburg monument inscription reads:

"July 1. The Regiment held this position in the afternoon until the Corps was outflanked and retired, when it took position along the lane at the foot of East Cemetery Hill, where it remained until the close of the battle, assisting to repulse the enemy's assault on the night of the 2nd."
"Carried into action 24 officers 545 men. Killed and died of wounds 10 officers 40 men. Wounded 7 officers 117 men. Captured and missing 46 men. Total loss 211."

Sources: William Leickel, Slatington, Walnutport and Washington Township: A Military History (1991); Stone Sentinels; and NPS.