United States Regulars Monument.
About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? Commissioned ca. 1903-1906. Dedicated May 30, 1909.
What is it made out of? Sculpture: Mt. Airy granite with bronze plaques; Base: Mt. Airy granite.
What size is it? Overall: approx. H. 85 ft.; Base: approx. 17 ft. x 14 ft. 6 in. x 14 ft. 6 in.; Terrace: approx. 2 ft. x 43 ft. 6 in. x 43 ft. 6 in.
Who made it? Bitter, Karl, 1867-1915, sculptor. Van Amringe Granite Company, fabricator.
What does it depict? Monument consists of a five-course shaft on an elevated terrace. An eagle in relief with spread wings appears on each side of the shaft at the base. A sphere tops each corner of the terrace. This monument was authorized by Congress in acts passed on Feb. 18, 1903 and March 3, 1903. It is the only monument at Gettysburg commissioned by Congress to honor the regular Army who served at Gettysburg. In planning the monument, the Committee of Survivors of the Regular Army worked with the National Park Commission in summer 1906. The veterans opted for one major monument to be erected for the regular Army with leftover funds to be used for monuments to individual commands. Reportedly, Capt. Frank Furness, a consultant to Secretary of War William H. Taft, ultimately chose the design regardless of the opinions of the Committee and the Commission. Previously, vehicular traffic had access to the monument on its east and west sides. Hancock Avenue later became the only vehicular route near the monument. The monument cost $50,000 and the bronze plaques around it cost $13,000. It was constructed of Mt. Airy granite.
What does it honor? Honors the contributions of the United States Regular Army during the Gettysburg Campaign.
How is it inscribed? ERECTED BY THE CONGRESS/TO COMMEMORATE THE SERVICES/OF THAT PORTION OF THE/ARMY OF THE POTOMAC/COMPOSED OF/CAVALRY ARTILLERY INFANTRY AND ENGINEERS/OF THE REGULAR ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES/IN THE GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN JUNE-JULY 1863
When was this photograph taken? August 16, 2008.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, West side of Hancock Avenue, south of the Copse of Trees, 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 materially altered or changed.
United States Regular Army at Gettysburg
Infantry Units :: 2nd Infantry :: 3rd Infantry :: 4th Infantry :: 6th Infantry :: 7th Infantry :: 8th Infantry :: 10th Infantry :: 11th Infantry :: 12th Infantry :: 14th Infantry :: 17th Infantry :: Artillery Units :: 1st Artillery E&G :: 1st Artillery H :: 1st Artillery I :: 1st Artillery K :: 2nd Artillery A :: 2nd Artillery D :: 2nd Artillery G :: 2nd Artillery B&L :: 2nd Artillery M :: 3rd Artillery C :: 3rd Artillery F&K :: 4th Artillery A :: 4th Artillery B :: 4th Artillery C :: 4th Artillery E :: 4th Artillery F :: 4th Artillery G :: 4th Artillery K :: 5th Artillery C :: 5th Artillery D :: 5th Artillery F :: 5th Artillery I :: 5th Artillery K :: Cavalry Units :: 1st Cavalry :: 2nd Cavalry :: 5th Cavalry :: 6th Cavalry :: Other Units :: Engineer Battalion :: Signal Corps