Lincoln Gettysburg Address Memorial.
About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? 1904-1912. Dedicated Jan. 24, 1912. Rededicated Nov. 20, 1967.
What is it made out of? Granite and Bronze.
Who made it? Bush-Brown, Henry K., 1857-1935, sculptor. Van Amringe Granite Company, fabricator.
What does it depict? A bronze bust of Lincoln rests on a granite pedestal in the center of a curved granite wall. Flanking the bust are two rectangular bronze plaques, one inscribed with the Gettysburg Address and one inscribed with the text of a letter to Lincoln. The memorial cost $5,000. It was designed by Louis Henrick. Disagreements over where to place the monument delayed the completion of the monument which was originally slated to be erected to commemorate the Gettysburg Address as part of the 1895 bill introduced by General Dan Sickles that created the Gettysburg National Military Park. Stars above the plaque symbolize the states which remained loyal to the Union. It has truncated obelisks flanking a central granite slab that back a bronze Lincoln bust mounted on a pedestal. The central slab and obelisks are joined by elliptical granite walls on which are mounted bronze tablets inscribed with the Gettysburg Address and David Wills’ invitation to Lincoln to attend the cemetery dedication. The flanking walls contain a frieze with a relief of five-pointed stars and battle-axes.
How is it inscribed? LINCOLN ADDRESS/MEMORIAL/THIS MONUMENT COMMEMORATES/LINCOLN’S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS,/NOVEMBER 19, 1863./THE ADDRESS WAS DELIVERED/ABOUT 300 YARDS FROM THIS SPOT/ALONG THE UPPER CEMETERY DRIVE./THE SITE IS NOW MARKED BY THE/SOLDIER’S NATIONAL MONUMENT/DEDICATED JAN. 24, 1912 – SCULPTOR, HENRY BUSH-BROWN.
When was this photograph taken? June 4, 2010. Monument faces mainly south.
Where is it located? National Cemetery. Located near the National Cemetery’s south entrance off of the Taneytown Road.
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? No.
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