Category Archives: Monuments at Gettysburg

The busy season: a Gettysburg chore list

Got some spring cleaning to do around your home?  Imagine the tasks involved in sprucing up 1320 monuments, 410 cannon, 148 historic structures, 33 miles of paved historic avenues and roadways, 8 miles of historic dirt and gravel lanes, and … Continue reading

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Battlefield Rehab continues on Gettysburg’s Cemetery Ridge

This week we’ll look at another of Gettysburg National Military Park’s 2014 goals, the rehabilitation of North Cemetery Ridge   Since 2009 the park and the Gettysburg Foundation have been implementing phases of this project to return key portions of the … Continue reading

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The Confusing Case of the 80th New York Volunteers- 20th N.Y.S.M.

One of the more attractive New York monuments on the battlefield has to be the 80th New York Volunteers-20th New York State Militia monument on Reynolds Avenue. A pre-war organization that mustered into Federal service in 1861, the “Ulster Guard”- … Continue reading

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The Lee Controversy of 1903

Monuments and memorials seem to breed controversy. Take for example a current battle brewing in Florida over a proposed monument to Union soldiers killed in the battle of Olustee.  Or you could turn your gaze to Washington D.C. where battles … Continue reading

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The High Water Mark Monument

    Few men had a greater influence on the preservation and development of the Gettysburg battlefield than John Bachelder. Bachelder came from New Hampshire and earned his living primarily as an educator and artist. He was thirty-five years old when … Continue reading

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The Repair of the 11th Massachusetts Infantry monument at Gettysburg

Gettysburg National Military Park monument preservation staff placed a new carved granite arm for the 11th Massachusetts Infantry onto its pedestal on the battlefield earlier today (on Thursday, April 11, 2013).  The work started at approximately 8 a.m. and was … Continue reading

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Video, Demolition of Gettysburg’s Cyclorama building

“Remove the old Cyclorama Center and rehabilitate its site to reflect the historic setting of the battlefield.”  page 13 of a Gettysburg National Military Park draft development concept plan, April 1996.  WARNING: THIS BLOG CONTAINS AN UNFORGETTABLE VIDEO. CLICK THE PHOTO … Continue reading

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Scrap Drive 1942

    Many of us have heard of the scrap drives during the Second World War. To build the enormous number of tanks, ships, planes, and other equipment with which the United States Military fought the war required massive amounts of … Continue reading

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The Last Veteran

    One of the most fascinating monuments on the Gettysburg battlefield is one of the last most visitors pass. Just beyond the Brian Farm on North Hancock Avenue is the bronze likeness of an elderly man. He rests on a … Continue reading

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An Alfred Pleasonton Question

    The Pennsylvania Memorial contains bronze standing sculptures of President Lincoln, Pennsylvania war-time Governor Andrew Curtin, Major Generals George G. Meade, John F. Reynolds, Winfield Scott Hancock, David B. Birney, and Alfred Pleasonton, and Brigadier General David McM. Gregg.  I … Continue reading

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