The Pennsylvania State Memorial is a monument in Gettysburg National Military Park that commemorates the 34,530 Pennsylvania soldiers who fought in the July 1 to 3, 1863 Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. The memorial stands along Cemetery Ridge, the Union battle line on July 2, 1863. Completed in 1914, it is the largest of the state monuments on the Gettysburg Battlefield.Put State of Pennsylvania Monument at the forefront of your travel plans using our Gettysburg trip planning app.
In the 1880s, Senator Andrew G. Curtin, who had served as Pennsylvania's governor during the Civil War, advocated for a "Pennsylvania Memorial Hall" to be built atop Little Round Top. The 60ft-square hall would display "a treasury of trophies and mementos of all the Pennsylvania regiments that fought at Gettysburg." The proposed building was included in an 1889 state appropriations bill, that was vetoed by Governor James A. Beaver.
Eighteen years later, the Pennsylvania Legislature appropriated $150,000 for construction of a state memorial, and the current site was announced in February 1909. The design competition for the commission was won by the entry of New York architect W. Liance Cottrell and Philadelphia sculptor Samuel Murray. The building was to be completed by July 1, 1910.
Humphreys Avenue, along the east side of the memorial, was not surveyed until 1911, so materials were delivered by railroad, via the Round Top Branch to nearby Hancock Station.
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I toured this one twice during this four-day visit. I saw it once as part of a conference/learning tour, and again when I arranged for a Licensed Battlefield Guide to take her and I on another tour...
I toured this one twice during this four-day visit. I saw it once as part of a conference/learning tour, and again when I arranged for a Licensed Battlefield Guide to take her and I on another tour... more »
Amazing craftsmanship and a very beautiful monument. The view when you climb the spiral staircase to the top is awesome!
Amazing craftsmanship and a very beautiful monument. The view when you climb the spiral staircase to the top is awesome! more »
Beautiful monument to visit. Details are amazing. You can walk up a spiral staircase to the top of the monument. The view of the battlefields are amazing!
Beautiful monument to visit. Details are amazing. You can walk up a spiral staircase to the top of the monument. The view of the battlefields are amazing! more »
Nice place. This place is actually a series of monuments, landmarks of the history. So you can use either cycle, scooter, walk or car as well to go to each monument. This place has enough information to get idea what happened in the war. I recommend every family to go there and experience glorious past. If you can bring some snacks, anti mosquito cream, water that would be very good. You can play some family group games also.
We had a great time exploring Gettysburg. We're coming back soon to spend more time at this historical beautiful place.
Quite a sight to see! There is a calmness in the air as if the land itself is still in shock of the loss of life that took place here so long ago. If you come here, come in reverence and try to understand how a nation can get to this level of violence on itself.
Very cool monument. It’s a very harrowing feeling reading the names of all those soldiers. At sunset it’s just 👌🏼
What a cool monument. You can even go up inside and offers an amazing view.
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