Virginia Monument

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Virginia Monument
Robert-E-Lee-by-Sievers.jpg
Coordinates39°48.848′N 77°15.019′W / 39.814133°N 77.250317°W / 39.814133; -77.250317Coordinates: 39°48.848′N 77°15.019′W / 39.814133°N 77.250317°W / 39.814133; -77.250317
LocationEast of Spangler Woods, Gettysburg National Military Park
DesignerFrederick William Sievers
TypeStatue
MaterialBronze
Beginning date1913 (1913)
Opening date1917 June 8

The Virginia Monument[1] is a Battle of Gettysburg memorial to the commonwealth's "Sons at Gettysburg" (Battlefield) 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".[2]:'17 The equestrian statue is atop a granite pedestal and the group of six standing figures is on a sculptured bronze base[1] with the figures facing the Field of Pickett's Charge and the equestrian statue of Union General George G. Meade on Cemetery Ridge.

History[edit]

The granite pedestal without either sculpture was dedicated on June 30[3] for the 1913 Gettysburg reunion. On June 8, 1917, Virginia governor Henry C. Stuart presented the completed memorial to the Assistant Secretary of War.[2]:'17

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  1. ^ a b "Virginia Monument". List of Classified Structures, p. 13. National Park Service. Retrieved 2011-06-04. Equestrian statue of Gen Lee, 14' high, atop pedistal 13'7"x10'x14'. Grouping of 6 standing & 1 horseback figure, 8' high, on sculpted base, overall 18'x5'x16'. Overall Mn 41' high. Base inscribed in cut letters " Virginia to her Sons at Gettysburg." ... Monument is a bronze equestrian statue of General Robert E. Lee that is fourteen foot high atop a granite pedestal that is 13.7x10 foot and 14 feet high. There is a bronze group of six standing figures that are eight foot high and a mounted standard bearer on a sculptured bronze base that is 18x5 foot. The monument is inscribed "Virginia to her Sons at Gettysburg". Overall the monument is 41 feet high. Designed and sculptured by F. William Sievers. Associated with Monument are two War Dept Signs. The monument is located on the east side of West Confederate Avenue, near Spangler Woods. External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ a b Gettysburg National Military Park Commission. "An Introduction to the Annual Reports of the Gettysburg National Military Park Commission to the Secretary of War". The Gettysburg Commission Reports. Gettysburg, PA: War Department.
  3. ^ "Pathetic Night Scene in Veterans' Great Reunion" (Google News Archive). The Pittsburgh Press. July 1, 1913. Retrieved 2011-02-28. Yesterday afternoon … the dedication of the Lee uncompleted monument took place.