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

Pennsylvania Memorial

 
 
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By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
1. Pennsylvania Memorial Marker
Inscription. "Today we dedicate a memorial erected by this Commonwealth as an enduring mark of love and appreciation for all the soldiers of Pennsylvania who fought here."
Edwin S. Stuart
Governor of Pennsylvania
Memorial Dedication 1910

On September 27, 1910, Pennsylvanians who had fought at Gettysburg returned for the dedication of this memorial in their honor. Built of Mt. Airy granite, it stands 110 feet high, weighs 3,840 tons, and can be seen from many parts of the battlefield. It is Gettysburg's largest monument.

Listed on 90 bronze tablets along the base are the names of each of the 34,530 Pennsylvania soldiers who participated in the battle.

Pennsylvania also erected 123 regimental monuments at other locations on the battlefield. The Southern states did not provide monuments for each regiment, but honored their sons with statewide memorials, many of which may be seen along West Confederate Avenue.

(Comments about portions of the monument keyed to the drawing in the center):

(1) Goddess of Victory and Peace by Philadelphia sculptor Samuel Marray. The colossal bronze figure holds the sword of victory and the palm branch of peace.

(2) Above the triumphal arches are massive granite bas-reliefs by Samuel Murray representing the infantry, artillery, cavalry, and signal corps.

(3)
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By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
2. Pennsylvania Memorial Marker
The names of distinguished Pennsylvania general who commanded an army, corps, or division at Gettysburg are inscribed on the cornice. Brigade commanders are recorded inside the arches.

(4) Between the Ionic columns stand heroic-scale bronze statues of President Abraham Lincoln, Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin, and six Pennsylvania generals: Meade, Reynolds, Hancock, Pleasonton, Birney, and Gregg.

(5) Bronze tablets bear the name and rank of every Pennsylvania soldier who participated in the battle of Gettysburg. Each tablet represents a regiment (about 400 officers and men). Names of soldiers who were killed are preceded by a star.
 
Erected by Gettysburg National Military Park.
 
Location. 39° 48.449′ N, 77° 14.123′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Hancock Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located in front of the Pennsylvania Memorial on Cemetery Ridge in 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. Battery A, 1st New Jersey Artillery (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Pennsylvania Memorial (a few steps from this
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By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2010
3. Pennsylvania Memorial Marker
marker); Batteries C & F, Pennsylvania Independent Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Pennsylvania State Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery C, Fourth U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); First Regular Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Ninth Michigan Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); 17th Maine Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. In the center is a photo of veterans visiting the memorial. At the 50th Anniversary Reunion at Gettysburg in 1913, a Pennsylvania veteran points out his name to a friend from New York. In the upper right is a photo of The Pennsylvania Memorial under construction in 1910. The structure cost $130,000, with an additional $40,000 in 1911 for statues, walkways, and revisions to the bronze tablets. In the lower center is a diagram of the monument with numbered points indicated in the text above.
 
Related markers.
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By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
4. Pennsylvania Memorial
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers, Tablets and Monuments around the Pennsylvania Memorial.
 
Also see . . .  Pennsylvania Memorial. From Gettysburg Essentials. (Submitted on February 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Pennsylvania Memorial Marker Direction and Distance Guide image. Click for full size.
By Jacob McCandles, October 9, 2011
5. Pennsylvania Memorial Marker Direction and Distance Guide
These guides are located all around the upper observation deck.
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By Bill Coughlin, July 19, 2014
6. Pennsylvania Memorial
Civil War soldiers camp near the Pennsylvania Memorial.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,755 times since then and 117 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on .   6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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