Major General George G. Meade Monument (Gettysburg)

Major General George G. Meade Monument

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MONUMENT PROFILE
  • Battlefield: Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania
  • Location: Cemetery Ridge, East of Hancock Avenue, Leister Farm
  • Leader of: Army of the Potomac :tinyus34:
    • Strength: 93,540 men, 360 guns
    • Casualties: 3,150 killed; 14,500 wounded; 5,150 missing; 22,800 total
  • Map Coordinates: +39° 48' 50.04", -77° 14' 5.28"
  • Biography: George G. Meade
MONUMENT DETAILS
  • Artists:
    • Sculptor: Henry K. Bush-Brown
    • Founder: Philadelphia’s Bureau Brothers Foundary
  • Dedicated: June 5, 1896
  • Dimensions:
    • Sculpture: 11 ft. 4 in. tall
    • Base: 9 ft. 7 in. x 7 ft. 10 in. x 14 ft. 2 1/2 in.
  • Cost: $37,500.00, paid for by the State of Pennsylvania
    • The State of PA Budgeted $30,000.00 for the bronze statue, and an additional $8000.00 for the pedestal
  • Description: A bronze equestrian portrait of General Meade looking out over the battlefield where the Union army under his direction won one of its greatest battles. He holds a pair of binoculars in his proper right hand and his hat in his proper left hand. A sword hangs from the left side of his saddle. The horse depicted is known as “Old Baldy”.
  • Notable Record: First Bronze Equestrian Monument Dedicated at Gettysburg
MONUMENT TEXT
Right Side:
MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE GORDON MEADE
UNITED STATES ARMY
COMMANDER OF THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC
BORN-DECEMBER 31 1815 ------ DIED-NOVEMBER 6 1872​

Left Side:
CADET U.S.M.A. SEPT 1,1831; BREVET SECOND LIEUT. 3D U.S. ARTILLERY JULY 1, 1835; SECOND LIEUT. DECEMBER 31,
1835; RESIGNED AND HONORABLY DISCHARGED OCTOBER 26, 1836; SECOND LIEUT. TOPOGRAPHICAL ENGINEERS
MAY 19, 1842; FIRST LIEUT. AUGUST 4, 1851; CAPTAIN MAY 19, 1856; "FOR FOURTEEN YEARS CONTINUOUS SERVICE"
MAJOR JULY 18, 1862 (MERGED INTO CORPS OF ENGINEERS MARCH 3, 1863); VACATED COMMISSION JULY 3, 1863 BRIG.-GENERAL
U.S. ARMY JULY 3, 1863; MAJOR GENERAL AUGUST 18, 1864. BREVETTED FIRST LIEUT. U.S. ARMY SEPTEMBER 23, 1846, "FOR
GALLANT CONDUCT IN THE SEVERAL CONFLICTS AT MONTEREY, MEXICO," BRIG.-GENERAL U.S. VOLUNTEERS AUGUST 31,
1861; MAJOR-GENERAL NOVEMBER 29, 1862; VACATED COMMISSION IN VOLUNTEER SERVICE DECEMBER 6, 1864.
THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED RESOLVED
(JOINT RESOLUTION APPROVED JANUARY 28, 1864) "THAT THE GRATITUDE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE THANKS OF
THEIR REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS ARE DUE, AND ARE HEREBY TENDERED ** TO MAJOR-GENERAL GEORGE G. MEADE **
AND THE OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS OF THAT ARMY (ARMY OF THE POTOMAC) FOR THE SKILL AND HEROIC VALOR
WHICH AT GETTYSBURG REPULSED, DEFEATED, AND DROVE BACK, BROKEN AND DISPIRITED, BEYOND
THE RAPPAHANNOCK, THE VETERAN ARMY OF THE REBELLION."


ADDITIONAL PHOTOS


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Taken shortly after dedication, 1896.

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The Meade Monument as viewed with The National Tower behind it.


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Article Title:
Major General George G. Meade Monument (Gettysburg)
Authors:
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Original Published Date:
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I wouldn't want an entire army of generals filled with those like Meade, but he did his job. "All corps and other commanders are authorized to order the instant death of any soldier who fails in his duty at this hour." GGM, late June 1863.
 
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