5 Gettysburg Monuments you Must See

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Gettysburg is a small town in Pennsylvania that has plenty of historical monuments. If you are visiting this city, you must have a look at these places.

Virginia Memorial

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The Virginia Monument is a Battle of Gettysburg memorial to the commonwealth’s “Sons at Gettysburg” with a bronze statue of Robert E. Lee on his horse Traveller and a “bronze group of figures representing the Artillery, Infantry, and Cavalry of the Confederate Army”. The Virginia Monument was the first of the Confederate monuments to be built at Gettysburg, and it remains the largest. It was commissioned on March 9, 1908 and cost $50,000, which, in today’s money, is the equivalent of $885,000. That’s pretty expensive! It towers forty-two feet above Seminary Ridge, just East of Spangler Woods and accessible by West Confederate Ave.

State of Pennsylvania Monument

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The Pennsylvania State Memorial is a monument in Gettysburg National Military Park that commemorates the 34,530 Pennsylvania soldiers who fought in the July 1 to 3, 1863 Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. The memorial stands along Cemetery Ridge, the Union battle line on July 2, 1863. The State of Pennsylvania Monument is the largest monument on the Gettysburg battlefield. The tip of the sword of the statue of Winged Victory is 110 feet high. A spiral staircase takes visitors to the roof of the monument, which offers a panoramic view of the battlefield.The monument is made from North Carolina granite set over an iron and concrete frame. Rising over all Sculptor Samuel Murray created a 7,500 pound statue of Winged Victory from melted down Civil War cannons which stands on top of the dome. He also created the reliefs over each of the arches.

Lincoln Statue at Wills House

It’s best known as the house where President Abraham Lincoln stayed prior to delivering the Gettysburg Address. However, the home of attorney David Wills also served as a center for compassion and inspiration in the days and months following the Battle of Gettysburg. Inside, Wills managed the immense task of providing proper burials for the fallen soldiers and began planning for the national cemetery. With the bedroom where Lincoln slept restored to its 1863 appearance, today’s David Wills House features a seven-gallery interactive museum relating the story of Wills, Lincoln’s visit and the Gettysburg Address.

East Cavalry Battlefield

On the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg during the disastrous infantry assault nicknamed Pickett’s Charge, there were two cavalry battles: one approximately three miles to the east, in the area known today as East Cavalry Field, the other southwest of the [Big] Round Top mountain. 

North Carolina Monument

The North Carolina Monument is a North Carolina memorial of the American Civil War commemorating the 32 Carolina regiments in action at the Battle of Gettysburg. North Carolina provided 14,147 men to the Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg, the second largest state contingent after Virginia. It lost over 6,000 casualties, more than 40% of the men engaged. It is the largest number of casualties at Gettysburg from any Confederate state and represents over one fourth of all Confederate casualties in the battle. 

These are the five important Gettysburg Monuments you must visit when you visit the city.

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