State of Pennsylvania Monument, Gettysburg

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The Pennsylvania State Memorial is a monument in Gettysburg National Military Park that commemorates the 34,530 Pennsylvania soldiers who fought in the July 1 to 3, 1863 Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. The memorial stands along Cemetery Ridge, the Union battle line on July 2, 1863. Completed in 1914, it is the largest of the state monuments on the Gettysburg Battlefield.
In the 1880s, Senator Andrew G. Curtin, who had served as Pennsylvania's governor during the Civil War, advocated for a "Pennsylvania Memorial Hall" to be built atop Little Round Top. The 60ft-square hall would display "a treasury of trophies and mementos of all the Pennsylvania regiments that fought at Gettysburg." The proposed building was included in an 1889 state appropriations bill, that was vetoed by Governor James A. Beaver.
Eighteen years later, the Pennsylvania Legislature appropriated $150,000 for construction of a state memorial, and the current site was announced in February 1909. The design competition for the commission was won by the entry of New York architect W. Liance Cottrell and Philadelphia sculptor Samuel Murray. The building was to be completed by July 1, 1910.
Humphreys Avenue, along the east side of the memorial, was not surveyed until 1911, so materials were delivered by railroad, via the Round Top Branch to nearby Hancock Station.
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  • The Pennsylvania Monument is like nothing else at Gettysburg. Instead of trying to pull over in front of it we kept going past and then pulled around back into the parking lot. From there you get the....  more »
  • Walk Up to the Top! Nicest monument in the park. Plenty of parking. Stunning sunset views. Another Abraham Lincoln statue located here.  more »
  • The monument's are absolutely beautiful. The history is preserved in a very special way. I am so glad that I live in the United States of America. I have no doubt that I will meet every soldier from that war one day in Heaven.
  • One of the best vantage points in the Battlefield, especially if you climb to the top of the dome. A MUST SEE. Fantastic view of the Federal line in both directions, it shows how dangerously far General Sicles Third Corps position in the Peach Orchard extended from the rest of the Union Army, exposing it to potential development and destruction.

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