Gettysburg Monument

The State of Delaware Monument is located just south of Gettysburg on Taneytown Rd in Pennsylvania.The monument is 11 x 8 ft with two plaques of 5 x 6 ft. The total expenses of the monument were $200,000. The front plaque is a picture of Delaware’s First Regiment repelling Pickett’s Charge on Cemetery Ridge illustrated by Ron Tunison and Richard Dayton. The plaque on the back is a list of 691 men from Delaware that fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. The monument is dedicated to all Delawareans that fought in the Battle of Gettysburg, both the union and the confederate; It was dedicated on April 29th, 2000 by the Delaware Civil War Society, a non-profit organization. The reason the monument was built was to remember how the soldiers from Delaware helped both the union and the confederate.

 

“The First and Second Delaware Infantry Regiments arrived on the battlefield early on July 2 and took positions in the Federal line along Cemetery Ridge. That day, both units distinguished themselves in fierce fighting. The First defended the Bliss Farm. And the Second helped to hold the Wheatfield against the Confederate attempt to turn the Federal left flank on July 3. The two regiments played key roles in repulsing Lee’s assault. They each lost nearly a quarter of their men at Gettysburg and were commended for distinguished service. Three soldiers received the Medal of Honor for heroism under fire and two for the capture of regimental colors. On July 5, the First and Second Delaware, with the Army of the Potomac, left Gettysburg in pursuit of Lee’s army.”

(These words are engraved on the back of the monument under the plaque.)

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