Soldiers' National Monument, Gettysburg

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The Soldiers' National Monument is a Gettysburg Battlefield memorial which is located at the central point of Gettysburg National Cemetery. It honors the battle's soldiers and tells an allegory of "peace and plenty under freedom … following a heroic struggle." In addition to an inscription with the last 4 lines of the Gettysburg Address, the shaft with 4 buttresses has 5 statues:

A large statue representing the concept of Liberty surmounts the pedestal. Eighteen large bronze stars circling the pedestal below this statue represent the eighteen Union states with buried dead. A statue is located at each corner near the base. They represent War, History, Peace, and Plenty. War is represented by a statue of an American soldier who recounts the story of the battle to History. In turn, History records, with stylus and tablet, the achievements of the battle and the names of the honored dead. A statue of an American mechanic and his tools illustrates Peace. Plenty is a female figure with a sheaf of wheat and the fruits of the earth that typify peace and abundance as the soldier's crowning triumph.
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  • While visiting Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, you will find one of the largest collection of sculptures and monuments in the world. Covering nearly 6,000 acres, the...  more »
  • I saw this place and a father and son ruined it for me. So can I just say this. This place certainly looks like a resting place to sit and it very well could be. But may I suggest, either don’t sit...  more »
  • Magnificent and moving. One of the most important and sacred sites in American history. If you are an American visiting here will bring you closer to your history. If you are a foreigner, it is an opportunity to engage with a very special place that represents the best of this great nation.
  • This is a very beautiful memorial inside the national cemetery. The ceremony on the anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, November 19 was especially meaningful and moving. If you come that weekend, you can tour the cemetery at night with luminaries lighting the way. There are re-enactments and people dressed in period clothes walking around. It’s like stepping back in time.

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