State of Alabama Monument (Gettysburg)

State of Alabama Monument

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MONUMENT PROFILE
  • Battlefield: Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania
  • Location: South Confederate Avenue
  • Map Coordinates: +39° 47' 9.60", -77° 15' 15.48"
  • Men Engaged at Gettysburg from Alabama: 5,930
  • Gettysburg Casualties from Alabama: 2,250 or 38%

MONUMENT DETAILS
  • Origin: Alabama Division of the United daughters of the Confederacy about 1927
  • Artist: Joseph Urner
  • Contractors:
    • Stone Work: Hammacker Brothers
    • Foundry Work: Roman Bronze Company
  • Dedicated: November 12, 1933
  • Dimensions:
    • Sculpture: 7 ft. 9 in. x 10 ft. 9 in. x 35 in.
    • Base: 33 in. x 11 ft. 4 in. x 5 ft. 2 in.
    • Weight: 28.5 tons.
  • Cost: $12,000.00 (November 1933)
  • Description: Atop a Vermont large granite base stands a bronze figure group composed of an allegorical female figure representing the Spirit of the Confederacy flanked a wounded soldier on her proper right and an armed soldier on her proper left. With her raised proper left arm she urges the armed soldier to continue fighting and with her lowered proper right arm she gently restrains the wounded soldier from further combat. The figures are installed against a granite wall which rests atop three granite steps.

MONUMENT TEXT
Front of Monument
ALABAMANS!
YOUR NAMES ARE INSCRIBED ON FAME'S IMMORTAL SCROLL.
UNVEILED NOVEMBER 12, 1933 BY THE ALABAMA DIVISION UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY


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Article Title:
State of Alabama Monument (Gettysburg)
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Original Published Date:
June 2, 2021

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The Art at Gettysburg: Alabama State Monument​

May 28, 2021​

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Alabama State Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park | NPS
In an October 2020, Civil War Times article, Gary Gallagher wrote, “The Gettysburg Park’s website places the number of monuments, markers and memorials at 1,328, just more than 200 of which (15 percent) can be designated as Confederate.”
The Alabama State Monument, also known as the Alabama State Memorial, stands where Gen. Evander Law’s Alabama Brigade began their assault toward Little Round Top on July 2, 1863. It was dedicated on November 12, 1933, by the Alabama Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC). It was the “realization of a long cherished dream of that organization.” Elizabeth B. Bashinsky was primarily responsible for its erection. A member of the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, she was from Dixon Springs, Tennessee, and had been an elementary school teacher in Troy, Alabama. As a UDC leader, she was instrumental in establishing a scholarship program—still in existence today—that has given thousands of dollars to deserving young people. Dr. C. B. Smith, former president of Troy University, said of her that he could “think of no other woman who served other people so well and over so long a period.”
The sculptor chosen by the UDC was Joseph W. Urner, from Frederick, Maryland. While a student at Baltimore’s Polytechnic School, he built and operated one of the first wireless operating amateur radio sets in Maryland. So it makes sense that he would serve as a radio operator in the North Sea during World War I. Following this service, he studied architecture at the Maryland Institute, and during World War II he was a Navy Sea Bee at Guadalcanal.
Ulmer’s design for this memorial features a large granite base topped by a granite monolith, fronted by a bronze figure group. The War Department approved the location and design in 1932 at a cost of $12,000. It stands 12 feet tall, 19 feet long, and 8 feet wide. The female figure represents the “Spirit of Alabama” and is modeled upon a similar form found on the 1861 Republic of Alabama flag. She stands between two kneeling soldiers, comforting the wounded figure while encouraging the other to fight on. The figures stand in front of a lush background of laurel and oak leaves. The Alabama state flag is included on the breastplate of the “Spirit of Alabama” along with four stars. Alabama was the fourth state to leave the Union.
Matthew LaRoche in the July 13, 2015, issue of The Cupola, published by the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, wrote his opinion concerning the message conveyed by this monument: “The inscription comforts, ‘Alabamians! Your Names Are Inscribed On Fames Immortal Scroll.' The memorial’s message is clear: to the descendants of the Alabamians who fought at Gettysburg, they need not question their ancestor’s role in the war. There is no need to examine the causes or results; Alabamians fought as one, nobly, and regardless of the outcome their names are listed amongst the honored dead and that’s that.”
Back to that Gary Gallagher article. He also wrote: “The Alabama and North Carolina monuments focus on soldiers.” Alabama sent almost 6,000 men to Gettysburg and had 2,249 casualties.
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Elizabeth B. Bashinsky | Wikipedia
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Gen. Evander M. Law | LOC
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On July 3rd, the Alabamians started their advance during the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble assault from the far right of the Confederate line; not far from where the monument stands today.
 
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