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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  • Beautiful monument to visit. Details are amazing. You can walk up a spiral staircase to the top of the monument. The view of the battlefields are amazing! 
    Beautiful monument to visit. Details are amazing. You can walk up a spiral staircase to the top of the monument. The view of the battlefields are amazing!  more »
  • A lovely tribute. Nice opportunity for many travelers to experience. We will plan to visit this and other monuments and statues when we visit Gettysburg again. 
    A lovely tribute. Nice opportunity for many travelers to experience. We will plan to visit this and other monuments and statues when we visit Gettysburg again.  more »
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  • Nice place. This place is actually a series of monuments, landmarks of the history. So you can use either cycle, scooter, walk or car as well to go to each monument. This place has enough information to get idea what happened in the war. I recommend every family to go there and experience glorious past. If you can bring some snacks, anti mosquito cream, water that would be very good. You can play some family group games also.
  • We had a great time exploring Gettysburg. We're coming back soon to spend more time at this historical beautiful place.

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