Brig. Gen. James Samuel Wadsworth commanded the First division of the First Corps, Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg.
About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? Oct. 6, 1914.
What is it made out of? Sculpture: bronze; Base: Barre granite.
What size is it? Overall: approx. H. 21 ft.; Base: approx. W. 153 in. x D. 153 in.
Who made it? Perry, Roland Hinton, 1870-1941, sculptor. Casey, Edward Pearce, 1864-1940, architect. Gorham Manufacturing Company, founder. National Granite Company, fabricator.
What does it depict? A standing portrait of General Wadsworth holding a sword in his proper left hand and extending his proper right hand out in front of him. The sculpture rests atop a cylindrical base that is encircled by a bronze inscription plaque. The left side of the plaque is adorned with the New York state seal and the right side is adorned with the badge of the 1st Corps. The monument is located on the First Day’s Battlefield, near the center of the line held by Wadsworth’s Division during the opening engagement. The base was designed by Edward Pearce Casey and was fabricated by the National Granite Company. The base is made of dark Barre granite. Overall height is 19.2 feet.
How is it inscribed? BREVET MAJOR GENERAL/JAMES SAMUEL WADSWORTH/UNITED STATES VOLUNTEERS/1807-1864/IN COMMAND OF/FIRST DIVISION, FIRST ARMY CORPS/AT THE/BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG/JULY 1, 2, 3, 1863
When was this photograph taken? December 11, 2011.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, East side of Reynolds Avenue, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325.
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? Yes.
Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been moved or materially altered.
Commanded: First Division of the First Corps.
Brief Biography: General James Samuel Wadsworth (October 30, 1807 – May 8, 1864) was a philanthropist, politician, and a Union general in the American Civil War. He was killed in battle during the Battle of the Wilderness of 1864.
Bronze Portraits at Gettysburg
Brig. Gen. Francis Barlow – Brig. Gen. John Buford – John Burns – Brig. Gen. Samuel W. Crawford – Father William Corby – Brig. Gen. Abner Doubleday – Brig. Gen. John Geary – Brig. Gen. John Gibbon – Brig. Gen. George S. Greene – Brig. Gen. Alexander Hays – Brig. Gen. Andrew A. Humphreys – Maj. Gen. John Reynolds – Brig. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren – Brig. Gen. James S. Wadsworth – Brig. Gen. Alexander Webb – Maj. William Wells