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

Soldier’s National Monument

 
 
Soldier's National Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
1. Soldier's National Monument
Inscription.  
(Front):
Gettysburg
July 1.2.3.
1863
———

(Back):
"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." - Lincoln.
November 19th 1863.
 
Erected 1869 by Gettysburg National Cemetery Association.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker and monument is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list. A significant historical date for this entry is November 19, 1863.
 
Location. 39° 49.186′ N, 77° 13.873′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Taneytown Road (State Highway 134), on the right when
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traveling north. Located in the center of Gettysburg National Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kentucky Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Battery H, 1st U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); A Few Appropriate Remarks (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery G, Fourth U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Virginia Wade (within shouting distance of this marker); Bvt. Maj. Gen. Charles H.T. Collis Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); First Minnesota Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery C, First West Virginia Artillery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); ...broken by gunfire... (about 400 feet away); New York State Memorial (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this monument. Fron the SIRIS entry on the monument:
Monument consists of five allegorical figures on a center column structure and a star-shaped base. Liberty stands atop the column, a female figure in Classical robes holding a laurel wreath in her proper right hand and a sword in her proper left hand. Eighteen bronze stars, one for each state whose citizens fought in the Union army, encircle the upper portion
Front of Monument and Figures image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
2. Front of Monument and Figures
These figures represent "War" and "History."
of the column. The four remaining figures are seated at the base of the column. They personify War, History, Peace and Plenty. War is a bearded, uniformed Civil War Soldier. History is a female figure in Classical robes, a garland around her head and a book in her lap. Peace is an American mechanic in work clothes holding a mallet in his proper right hand and a cogwheel at his feet. Plenty is a female figure with fruits and a sheaf of wheat. A bronze eagle in relief appears on the front center of the column. Relief items relevant to each figure appear on their respective chairs.

 
Regarding Soldier’s National Monument. This location is where tradition says President Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address. Today, scholars place the speaker's platform within the adjacent, private, Evergreen Cemetery.
 
Also see . . .
1. Soldiers National Monument. The cornerstone of the monument was laid on July 4, 1865, and it was finished and dedicated on July 1, 1869. Designed by J.G. Batterson and carved by sculptor Randolph Rogers, the Soldiers National Monument stands as a national monument to sorrow. (Submitted on November 22, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Soldiers' National Monument. The Soldiers' National Monument is a Gettysburg Battlefield memorial which is located at central point of Gettysburg
Back of Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
3. Back of Monument
These figures represent "Plenty" and "Peace."
National Cemetery. (Submitted on November 22, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Close Up of Back Inscription image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
4. Close Up of Back Inscription
Soldier’s National Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, September 22, 2015
5. Soldier’s National Monument
Soldier’s National Monument<br>Statue of the Genius of Liberty<br>Atop the 60-foot Column image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, September 22, 2015
6. Soldier’s National Monument
Statue of the Genius of Liberty
Atop the 60-foot Column
Soldier’s National Monument<br>Statues of War (left) and History (right) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, September 22, 2015
7. Soldier’s National Monument
Statues of War (left) and History (right)
Soldier’s National Monument<br>Statues of Plenty and Peace image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, September 22, 2015
8. Soldier’s National Monument
Statues of Plenty and Peace
Soldier's National Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
9. Soldier's National Monument
Seen from the back quarter.
Soldier's National Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2003
10. Soldier's National Monument
Soldier’s National Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, September 22, 2015
11. Soldier’s National Monument
Soldier’s National Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, September 22, 2015
12. Soldier’s National Monument
<i>Soldiers National Cemetery Monument, Gettysburg, Pa.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1923
13. Soldiers National Cemetery Monument, Gettysburg, Pa.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 8, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,605 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on April 28, 2013, by Donald E Coho of York, Pennsylvania. It was the Marker of the Week November 17, 2013. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 8, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 22, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   9. submitted on March 8, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   10. submitted on July 1, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   11, 12. submitted on November 22, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   13. submitted on November 22, 2015.

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