Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg
This is one of the highlights, or perhaps best known of the monuments in the battlefield. The PA monument USED to be better when my father was little because you could climb up into it, but now, it's fenced off. It has the names of over 34,000 Pennsylvanians who participated in the Civil War
Dedicated to both the 11th PA Infantry as well as their mascot "Sallie." To be honest the reason I wanted to find this monument was because of the stories I had heard about Sallie.
For the full story about Sallie.
For those looking for this monument it is easy to over look it. The "back" of the monument is facing the road so if you did not know that Sallie was on the "front" side one would just drive by it as I have in the past without knowing.
The best know and most visible of all the monuments in the national park it is both loved and hated depending on who you talk to. Visitors seem to love it while guides and other park rangers seem to think it is just ostentatious.
Built in 1910 it stands 110 feet and had a price tag of $182,000. The monument has plaques all along the base and some on the outside of the pillars which list all the Pennsylvania regiments that were present during the battle. I remember spending on one vacation three hours at this monument looking for names of family members who fought in the civil war with my parents grand parents and brother.
In 2003 the monument was totally refurbished everything got a face lift from top to bottom. In fact you can now go up to the top of the monument again by taking a spiral stair case that is located inside the pillar between General Meade and Lincoln. The plaques have even had work done to them, removing names of people that were actually found not to have been present during the fighting.
Whether you love or hate this monument it is worth the time to stop and take a look around. If for nothing else you can get some pictures and say you were there.
The name of each Pennsylvania soldier who died is inscribed on bronze tablets surrounding the base of the monument. This is one of the most popular and most photographed monuments at Gettysburg.
It was around noon when I finished the southern loop of the self-guided auto tour and got back to the Pennsylvania Memorial (#12). It was quiet by then with only a couple of cars and one RV visiting. This is one of the largest and most ornate monuments on the battlefield, weighing an estimated 3840 tons. It was designed by architect W. Liance Cottrell of New York and constructed in 1909-1910 at a cost of over $240,000. The base has bronze statues of Pennsylvania-born generals, Governor Curtin, and President Abraham Lincoln. Around the base are bronze plaques that list the Pennsylvania regiments and batteries that participated in the Battle of Gettysburg, along with a list of the Pennsylvanians in each unit who were present during the three day battle. If it is open, you may climb the indoor spiral staircase to an observation deck with a spectacular view of the battlefield.
Built in 1910 this is the largest Memorial in the Gettysburg National Military Park. It has thenames of all the soldiers from Pennsylvania who fought in the Civil War.