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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Return Visit

 
 
Return Visit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 27, 2010
1. Return Visit Marker
Inscription. Commissioned by the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, J. Seward Johnson, Jr.'s Return Visit is the most true-to-life statue of Abraham Lincoln ever created. An 1865 cast of Lincoln's face by Clark Mills, and an 1860 cast of Lincoln's hands by Leonard Volk defined the starting point of Johnson's work. He sculpted Lincoln and then dressed the statue with a replica suit and coat, patterned from clothing once worn by the President. The shoes are based on an outline made by Lincoln's immigrant boot-maker, Pennsylvania Peter Khaler.

The bronze Lincoln points with his hat toward the second floor of the Wills House, where he probably finished writing his Gettysburg Address. A late-twentieth-century tourist's eyes follow the President's uplifted hand. At the November 19, 1991 dedication, sculptor J. Seward Johnson remarked,
"I grew to feel Lincoln, the man, the individual.... a person of great dignity and vision.... I wanted him here on the sidewalk within our reach. That's why I have done my best to bring Lincoln to the likeness of life.... to live amongst us and among the coming generations of Americans. We welcome him back here today, to breathe new life into his message of equality and dignity for us all."
 
Erected by Main Street Gettysburg, Inc.
 
Location.
Return Visit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2013
2. Return Visit Marker
39° 49.84′ N, 77° 13.846′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Baltimore Street (Business U.S. 15) and York Street (U.S. 30), on the right when traveling north on Baltimore Street. Touch for map. Located on the southeast quadrant of the Gettysburg traffic circle. 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. Wills House (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Wills House (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Wills House (a few steps from this marker); Old Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stoever - Schick Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Company K, First Pennsylvania Reserves (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln Square Building (within shouting distance of this marker); "by the skin of our teeth" (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. On the right is The only known photograph of Lincoln at the Soldier's National Cemetery site, November 19, 1863. (Image courtesy of the Gettysburg National Military Park, National Park Service.) Interspersed within the text are smaller photos of
Return Visit Statue and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 27, 2010
3. Return Visit Statue and Marker
The 1865 cast of Lincoln's face by Clark Mills, the 1863 cast of Lincoln's hands by Leonard Volk, and the shoe diagram made by Peter Khaler. At the lower left is a photo of the statue. The Lincoln statue, standing 6'4" tall and weighing 700 pounds, is finely crafted down to Lincoln's watch chain and an authentic-appearing label in his hat. The visitor statue weighs 400 pounds, wears contemporary clothing, and holds a text of the Gettysburg Address in his hand.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 780 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 1, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on August 14, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on July 1, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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