"Goddess of Victory and Peace" (Explore #426 June 29, 2011)
The 21-foot tall bronze statue "Goddess of Victory and Peace," atop the Pennsylvania Memorial in Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The statue, made from melted down civil war cannons, was crafted by Samuel Murray in 1909-10. The huge Pennsylvania Memorial is the largest monument in the park, and visitors can climb 55 spiral stairs to reach the balcony near the top, which is where I shot this from.
The July 1-3, 1863 Battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest encounter of America's Civil War, with 51,000 casualties, and today it is one of the nation's most visited historic shrines.
You can visit this National Park Unit at www.nps.gov/gett.
For a view of the impressive Pennsylvania Memorial, go to www.nps.gov/gett//images/20061206120211.jpg