Gettysburg, October 2006 Page2
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(10-06) Enlarge Statue of General Robert E. Lee and his horse, Traveller. The statue sits atop the Virginia State Monument along West Confederate Avenue on Seminary Ridge. Designed and sculpted by Frank Sievers, the statue was created after Sievers had studied photographs and life masks of Lee done shortly before the general's death in 1870. Sievers also inspected the skeleton of Traveller, which was on display at Washington and Lee University. A live horse, closely matching the size of Traveller, was used as the actual model


(10-06) Enlarge The Virginia State Monument, located along West Confederate Avenue on Seminary Ridge, was the first of the Southern state monuments placed at Gettysburg; dedicated June 8,1917. It is from this spot that General Robert E. Lee observed portions of the battle. And it is from near this spot, almost directly west of the Copse of Trees and The Angle on Cemetery Ridge, that Pickett’s Charge began. The inscription on the front of the monument reads: Virginia To Her Sons At Gettysburg


(10-06) Enlarge Statue of Major William Wells, one of 63 men who received the Medal of Honor for the Battle of Gettysburg. Soon after Pickett’s Charge on the last day of the battle, Major Wells led the 1st Vermont Cavalry in Farnsworth’s Charge against Law’s Alabama brigade. Farnsworth was killed at the beginning of the charge, but Major Wells continued the charge and engaged the Confederates in hand-to-hand combat. Though the assault ultimately failed, it was one of the most daring charges of the battle. Major Wells was eventually given Brevet Promotions to Brigadier General on February 22, 1865, and Major General on March 13, 1865. He was awarded the Metal of Honor on September 8, 1891 for "Most Distinguished Gallantry at Gettysburg". He is also the lowest ranking officer who has a statue at Gettysburg

On the front of the monument is a bas-relief of Farnsworth’s Charge by J. Otto Schweizer. The statue is on South Confederate Avenue, near Plum Run where the charge began


(10-06) Enlarge Detail of the North Carolina Monument, located along West Confederate Avenue on Seminary Ridge


(10-06) Enlarge View from Little Round Top looking west toward the Plum Run valley and Hauck’s Ridge, the woods between The Wheatfield on the right and Devil’s Den to the left, out of picture. The statue on the right is Brigadier General Gouverneur K. Warren, chief engineer of the Army of the Potomac. On July 2, 1863, General Warren came to Little Round Top and found no Federal troops save a few signalmen and observed that Dan Sickles had not anchored the Federal left on the hill as ordered. Seeing Confederate troops less than a mile away, and knowing the obvious crisis if they took the heights, he sent aids to other commanders requesting troops to solidify the left flank. This eventually led to Joshua Chamberlain’s famous and heroic charge down Little Round Top and the routing of Alabama troops who had threatened the hill. For his actions, General Warren is considered the savior of Little Round Top

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