The Sixth Regiment of Maryland Infantry Descendants Association will be dedicating a granite monument with bronze tablet by renowned Civil War sculptor Gary Casteel to the Sixth Maryland Volunteers on the site of what was perhaps one of their greatest battles . . . the Breakthrough Battle of April 2, 1865 at Petersburg, Virginia.
The exact place where the Marylanders were among the very first Sixth Corps regiments to break the Confederate line is located today within Pamplin Historical Park. The monument will be dedicated there on Saturday, April 2, 2011, following the annual Pamplin Historical Park Pre-Dawn Tour of the Battlefield.
The Sixth Regiment of Maryland Infantry Descendants Association website provides current information on the monument project.
No monument has ever been erected to honor the Sixth Maryland Volunteers, so this is our one and only chance to get the job done. The funds so far have been raised primarily within the association by descendants and family members wishing to properly commemorate the soldiers of the regiment.
Orders have been placed for the components of the monument as sufficient funds have been raised, but we are still short of the final amount required to complete the project. However, we are confident that our goal can soon be reached.
Thus, we are contacting other Civil War organizations that might be interested in helping us now that we are in the home stretch.
Contributions to the monument fund are tax deductible as Pamplin Historical Park (a 501c3 non-profit foundation) is processing the donations and expending the funds through the Descendants Association for the monument project. A donation form is attached.
Please join us in our effort to give long-overdue recognition to the Sixth Maryland Volunteers, one of 300 fighting regiments in the American Civil War that were cited by Fox’s Regimental Losses for suffering a high percentage of battle casualties.
David H. Jones
Sixth Regiment of Maryland Infantry Descendants Association