Grand Army of the Republic Monument.
About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? Installed 1955. Dedicated Sept. 12, 1956.
What is it made out of? Sculpture: bronze; Base: granite.
What size is it? Sculpture: approx. 64 x 51 x 42 in.; Base: approx. 43.5 in. x 7 ft. x 6 in.
Who made it? Fairbanks, Avard, 1897-1987, sculptor. Roman Bronze Works, founder.
What does it depict? A seated portrait of an elderly Albert Woolson holding a walking stick in his proper right hand and resting his proper left hand on a GAR hat which rests on the bench beside him. The sculpture is installed on a rectangular base made of polished granite. Surrounding the monument is a flagstone plaza adorned with two mahogany granite benches. The portrait was modeled from life in the year he died. Flagstone surrounding the monument was added in Oct. 1963 and mahogany granite benches were added to the site on Nov. 20. 1965. A dedicatory plaque was later added. Woolson, of Duluth, Minnesota, was the last surviving member of the Union Army. He did not fight at Gettysburg.
How is it inscribed? DEDICATED ON SEPTEMBER 12, 1956/BY NATIONAL AUXILIARY TO/SONS OF UNION VETERANS/OF THE CIVIL WAR 1861-1865
When was this photograph taken? April 14, 2011.
Where is it located? Located at Gettysburg National Military Park, North Hancock Avenue, Ziegler’s Grove, 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.
Other Commemorative Monuments at Gettysburg
Cavalry Field Monument – GAR Monument – Gettysburg Address Monument – Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association – Gettysburg National Military Park – High Water Mark Monument – Masonic Monument – MOLLUS Monuments – Pardee Field Monument – Peace Light Monument – Soldiers National Monument – Soldiers and Sailors of the Confederacy – Womens Monument