State of Mississippi Monument (Gettysburg)
Battlefield: Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania
Location: West Confederate Avenue
Map Coordinates: +39° 48' 8.64", -77° 15' 21.24"
- "On this ground our brave sires fought for their righteous cause; in glory they sleep who give to it their lives; to valor, they gave new dimensions of courage; to duty its noblest fulfillment; to posterity, the sacred heritage of honor."
- "Presented by The State of Mississippi to The National Gettysburg Military Park Administration, of Governors John Belle Williams and William L. Waller"
Artist: De Lue, Donald, sculptor; Fond. Art V. Lera, founder
Dedicated: October 19, 1973
Dimensions: Overall: H. 16 ft. 2 in.; Base: 5 ft. 2.5 in. x 7 ft. 11 in. x 3 ft. 10.5 in.
Description: A bronze sculpture of two soldiers of Barksdale's Mississippi Brigade are represented during their charge over the Shefy and Trestle farms on July 2, 1863. One soldier lies wounded bearing a flag and leaning against a tree stump. A second soldier, swinging a musket over his shoulder and grasping the barrel end with both hands, steps over the fallen soldier. The sculpture is mounted on a polished granite base.
Remarks: This monument stands where General Barksdale's Mississippi Brigade began their charge into the Peach Orchard on July 2nd and represents the hand-to-hand fighting of that desperate day. The color-bearer has fallen mortally wounded and his comrade steps over his body, using his clubbed musket to defend the fallen flag.
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