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.Put State of Pennsylvania Monument at the forefront of your travel plans using our Gettysburg trip planning app.
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.
State of Pennsylvania Monument reviews
Hi highly recommend seeing this memorial, and all others in the W. Battlefield. They are truly breath taking. more »
This incredible site really places the contribution Pennsylvania made in the Civil War into proper perspective. I've always been fascinated by the avenging angel on top and her fearsome expression. 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.
Plan your trip to Gettysburg
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Gettysburg
Historic Sites in Gettysburg
Side trips from Gettysburg
Museums in Gettysburg
Hidden gems in Gettysburg
Nearby attractions in Gettysburg
Trips to State of Pennsylvania Monument by other users
15 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Jefferson Memorial National Gallery of Art National Air and Space Museum 31 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Murrieta New Orleans Phoenix 30 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Quiet Waters Park U.S. Naval Academy Old Town 15 days in Gettysburg BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Jennie Wade House Shriver House Museum Gettysburg National Military Park 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES New Castle Gettysburg Hershey 7 days in York BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Devils Den Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center Shriver House Museum