State of North Carolina Monument
©Michael Kendra, about 2003.
- Battlefield: Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania
- Location: Seminary Ridge east of West Confederate Avenue
- Map Coordinates: +39° 49' 5.88", -77° 14' 49.92"
- Men Engaged at Gettysburg from North Carolina: 14,150
- Gettysburg Casualties from North Carolina: 6,160 or 43%
- Artist: Borglum, Gutzon, sculptor
- Kunst Foundry, founder
- Dedicated: July 3, 1929
- Dimensions: Sculpture: H. 15 ft. 9 in.
- Base: 9 ft. 9 in. x 6 ft. 6 in.
- Cost: $50,000.00 (July 1929) for the Monument and property.
A bronze group of five figures representing North Carolina infantrymen charging forward in the midst of battle. Three of the figures carry guns, one carries a flag, and one kneels on the ground and points toward the enemy with his proper left hand. The monument is enclosed with a metal fence. The monument has two narrative marker monoliths, one standing, one laying horizontal on the ground.
Four small stone markers denote the property purchased by the State of North Carolina in 1927. (Estimated to be .84 Acres or 200' across by 184' deep, or 36,400 ft.2 )
1863TO THE ETERNAL GLORY OF THE NORTH CAROLINA
SOLDIERS. WHO ON THIS BATTLEFIELD DISPLAYED
HEROISM UNSURPASSED SACRIFICING ALL IN SUP-
PORT OF THEIR CAUSE.THEIR VALOROUS DEEDS
WILL BE ENSHRINED IN THE HEARTS OF MEN LONG
AFTER THESE TRANSIENT MEMORIALS HAVE CRUM-
BLED INTO DUST.
THIRTY TWO NORTH CAROLINA REGIMENTS WERE IN
ACTION AT GETTYSBURG JULY 1,2,3, 1863. ONE CON-
FEDERATE SOLDIER IN EVERY FOUR WHO FELL HERE
WAS A NORTH CAROLINIAN.
__________________________________________THIS TABLET ERECTED BY THE NORTH CAROLINA DIVISION UNITED DAUGHTERS
OF THE CONFEDERACY.
NORTH CAROLINA ORGANIZATIONS IN THE ARMY OF6TH, 21ST, 57TH INFANTRY - HOKE'S BRIGADE OF EARLY'S DIVISION
NORTHERN VIRGINIA AT THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG
JULY 1-3, 1863
NORTHERN VIRGINIA AT THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG
JULY 1-3, 1863
1ST, 3RD INFANTRY - STEUART'S BRIGADE OF JOHNSON'S DIVISION
32ND, 43RD, 45TH, 53RD INFANTRY AND 2ND BATTALION - DANIEL'S BRIGADE OF
5TH, 12TH, 20TH, 23RD INFANTRY - IVERSON'S BRIGADE OF RODES' DIVISION
2ND, 4TH, 14TH, 30TH INFANTRY - RAMSEUR'S BRIGADE OF RODES' DIVISION
11TH, 26TH, 47TH, 52ND INFANTRY - PETTIGREW'S BRIGADE OF HETH'S DIVISION
55TH INFANTRY - DAVIS' BRIGADE OF HETH'S DIVISION
7TH, 18TH, 28TH, 33RD, 37TH INFANTRY - LANE'S BRIGADE OF PENDER'S DIVISION
13TH, 16TH, 22ND, 34TH, 38TH INFANTRY - SCALES DIVISION
1ST NORTH CAROLINA ARTILLERY, BATTERY A - MCLAWS DIVISION
BRANCH (NORTH CAROLINA) ARTILLERY \
ROWAN (NORTH CAROLINA) ARTILLERY- / HOOD'S DIVISION
CHARLOTTE (NORTH CAROLINA) ARTILLERY - PENDER'S DIVISION
1ST CAVALRY - HAMPTON'S BRIGADE ----------\
2ND, 4TH CAVALRY - ROBERTSON'S BRIGADE - } STUART'S DIVISION OF CAVALRY
5TH CAVALRY - W.H.F. LEE'S BRIGADE ---------/
A 1913 North Carolina commission of Civil War veterans presented a monument proposal after visiting the Gettysburg Battlefield, and after World War I, the North Carolina United Daughters of the Confederacy and Governor Angus McLean continued the planning in 1927, with a commission visiting the battlefield on September 28th, 1926.
North Carolina appropriated $50,000.00 to purchase and landscape the site and to commission Gutzon Borglum, who was approached while working on Mount Rushmore.
Borglum designed the monument in Texas and posed the Confederate flag designer (Orren Smith) as the flag bearer, while the other soldiers were sculpted from photographs of posed Confederate soldiers. Postponed from May 1929, the US Navy and 6th Field Artillery bands played at the monument's dedication on July 3, 1929.
By 1949, a glass-faced display at the site, and a wooden marker for the site was cut down by vandals in 1954. President Kennedy left his car to visit the monument in April 1963 prior to the rededication on the 100th anniversary.
After a 1985 restoration required lifting by helicopter for shipment to Cincinnati, a fence was added in 1993; and after the 1995 Smithsonian's Save Outdoor Sculpture! survey reported the sculpture needed treatment, the monument was rehabilitated in 1999.
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Monument Dedication Day, July 3, 1929. From left to right State Auditor Baxter Durham, Gov. Angus McLean, Gov. O. Max Gardner and State Adjutant General J. Vann B. Metts. Image from the N.C. Museum of History.
Battlefield Guide Colonel Jacob Sheads leads a tour at the North Carolina State Monument for President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, March 31, 1963.
To the eternal glory of the North Carolina soldiers, who on this battlefield displayed heroism unsurpassed. Sacrificing all in support of their cause. (A historical marker located in Cumberland Township in Adams County, Pennsylvania.)www.hmdb.org
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State of North Carolina monument on the Gettysburg battlefield, with photos, text from the monument, background info and map locationgettysburg.stonesentinels.com
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