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North Carolina State Monument -- Seminary Ridge Gettysburg National Military Park (PA) April 2012 | by Ron Cogswell
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North Carolina State Monument -- Seminary Ridge Gettysburg National Military Park (PA) April 2012

The North Carolina State Monument shown above is a North Carolina memorial of the American Civil War (1861-1865), commemorating the 32 Carolina regiments in action at the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3,1863). The monument is a public artwork by American sculptor Gutzon Borglum located on Seminary Ridge, West Confederate Avenue, in Gettysburg National Military Park (PA).

 

Surrounded by dogwood trees (the North Carolina state flower), the monument features figures of North Carolina infantrymen advancing during the Pickett-Pettigrew Charge on Friday July 3, 1863, where 15 infantry regiments from North Carolina participated and suffered heavy casualties. One man kneels injured on the ground, pointing towards the enemy with his left hand, while two men wield guns and look forward. A fourth man holds a flag in both hands as he glances forward.

 

A 1913 North Carolina commission of Civil War veterans presented a monument proposal after visiting the Gettysburg Battlefield.

 

After World War I, the North Carolina United Daughters of the Confederacy and North Carolina Governor Angus McLean continued the planning into the 1920s.

 

The State of North Carolina subsequently appropriated $50,000 to purchase and landscape the site on the Gettysburg battlefield, and to commission Gutzon Borglum (who was approached while working on Mount Rushmore) to design and sculpt monument.

 

The monument was dedicated on July 3, 1929, and re-dedicated in 1963 during the battle's centennial commemoration.

 

After a 1985 restoration required lifting by helicopter for shipment to Cincinnati, a fence was added in 1993. The monument was rehabilitated again in 1999.

 

www.civilwar.org

 

Image by Ron Cogswell on April 25, 2012, using a Nikon D80 and minor Photoshop effects.

 

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Taken on April 25, 2012