|Pennsylvania State Memorial, 2013|
|"Victory" atop the Pennsylvania Memorial|
The Pennsylvania State Memorial was finished in 1910 and was constructed of granite. According to the site “Draw the Sword” and other excellent sources, the figure topping the monument, sword drawn high, is the personification of Victory. Perhaps the most intriguing feature of the memorial is that visitors can climb to the top and are then treated to a fantastic view of the surrounding battlefield. (Although I’m not certain if visitors are still allowed and if there are days when the observation deck is closed).
|View of Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge from the observation deck, 2003|
Even without climbing to the top, the interior of the Pennsylvania State Memorial is quite fascinating, with statuary of famous figures, plaques with names of the fallen, and more. If you have Civil War ancestors or relatives who fought in the Civil War from Pennsylvania and were present at the battle of Gettysburg (always make sure to check enlistment and muster-out dates) you’ll probably find their names on one of many bronze plaques that cover the bottom exterior of the monument. Non-Pennsylvania-related features of the memorial include a monument to Battery B, 1ST New Jersey Artillery, and a smattering of cannon representing that unit.
PVT. PETER J. HOPKINS
Co. H, 126TH New York Infantry
Born 1839 --- Died July 11, 1863 at age 24
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