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Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade

 
 
Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
1. Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade Marker
Inscription. "Gen. Meade has my confidence as a brave and skillful officer, and a true man."
President Abraham Lincoln
July 21, 1863

The sculpture in front of you depicts Gettysburg's Union commander, Maj. Gen. George G. Meade, at the climax of the battle here July 3. From this ridge near his headquarters he observed the closing moments of the battle and encouraged his troops.

Meade was a West Point graduate and a professional soldier. A stern disciplinarian with a temper, his soldiers nicknamed him "Ol Snappin' Turtle." Though not a favorite with reporters, he earned the respect of officers and men who served under him. Only three days after being appointed commander of the Union Army of the Potomac, he faced Robert E. Lee in perhaps the greatest battle of the Civil War.

Following the battle, President Abraham Lincoln expressed disappointment that Lee's defeated army was allowed to escape into Virginia. But Lincoln soon put criticism aside and expressed his gratitude to Meade. Congress also praised Meade and his men who "repulsed, defeated, and drove back...the veteran army of the Rebellion."
 
Erected by Gettysburg National Military Park.
 
Location. 39° 48.842′ N, 77° 14.105′ W. Marker is
Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade Photo, Click for full size
By Henry T. McLin, August 12, 2012
2. Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade
North side of statue looking toward Seminary Ridge.
near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Hancock Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located near the Meade Memorial on Cemetery Ridge, at Gettysburg National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Second Brigade (a few steps from this marker); 39th New York Infantry (Garibaldi Guards) (a few steps from this marker); Major General George Gordon Meade (within shouting distance of this marker); 11th Independent (Havelock) Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Batteries F & K, Third U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery K, 1st N.Y. Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. In the center is a portrait: Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade commanded the Union Army of the Potomac from Gettysburg until the end of the war

In the upper right is a drawing of General Meade standing beside table with hat in hands holds a council of war at headquarters the night before the final day of the battle. Meade, who got little sleep at Gettysburg,
Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2010
3. Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade Marker
wrote his wife, "I claim no extraordinary merit for this last battle. I did and shall continue to do my duty..."


In the lower right is a wartime photograph of Meade's headquarters: The farmhouse of Lydra Leister, a widow, served as Meade's headquarters July 2 and 3. In this photo taken July 6 by Alexander Gardner, dead horses lie rotting on a landscape blasted by shot and shell. Today the Leister House, located 200 yards from here along the walk to your left, is preserved by the National Park Service.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers, Tablets and Monuments for the Meade's Headquarters.
 
Also see . . .
1. Biography of General Meade. from the National Park Service. (Submitted on December 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Report of Maj. Gen. George G. Meade. Meade's official report of the campaign reads through the itinerary of the Army of the Potomac from the time he took command on June 28 through the middle of July. (Submitted on December 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Meade Marker in front of the Meade Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
4. The Meade Marker in front of the Meade Memorial
Meade's Headquarters Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain
5. Meade's Headquarters
Wartime photo, used on the marker, looking down Taneytown Road at the Leister House. As mentinoed in the caption on the marker, note the dead horses in the road.
(Civil War photographs, 1861-1865 / compiled by Hirst D. Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge, Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1977. No. 0188, Call No: LC-B811- 259[P&P])
Similar View of the Leister House Today Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
6. Similar View of the Leister House Today
Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade Statue at sunset from the rear. Photo, Click for full size
By Henry T. McLin, January 1, 2009
7. Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade Statue at sunset from the rear.
Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade statue at dusk. Photo, Click for full size
By Henry T. McLin, January 1, 2009
8. Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade statue at dusk.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,272 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   7, 8. submitted on , by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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