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(7-02) Soldiers' National Monument
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(7-02) Battery G, Fourth U.S. Artillery. The Gatehouse to Evergreen Cemetery is in the background
Battery G Tablet
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(7-01) New York Monument
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(Unk) Enlarge Friend to Friend Monument

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The memorial conceived and sponsored by the Grand Lodge of Free and accepted Masons of Pennsylvania, centers on a monument of two sculptured bronze figures atop a large granite base. The figures portray the historically verified encounter between Confederate Brigadier General Lewis Addison Armistead and Captain Henry Harrison Bingham. Bingham was an aide to Union Major General Winfield Scott Hancock on Cemetery Ridge during Picket’s charge of July 3 1863. This attack became known throughout the world as the “High Tide of the Confederacy” Although Armistead and Hancock had been friends and fellow officers for many years, their political differences came between them at the outbreak of the Civil War. Armistead joined the newly formed Confederacy while Hancock chose to stay by the flag of the United States. Both officers served their counties well and were promoted into leadership positions.
After the two men went their separate ways, it was twenty-seven months before they were to meet again. This meeting finally took place on the battlefield remembered forever as “Gettysburg.” During Pickett’s charge, both officers were wounded. Armistead was mortally wounded and Hancock received a wound from which he would in hospital care for many months. Armistead’s cries for help were heard by several officers nearby, and it was a fellow fraternity brother, Captain Bigham, who arrived and offered aid the his fallen comrade-in-arms.
Armistead spoke of his close relationship with Hancock and he asked Captain Bigham to relay a message to his friend. He entrusted his personal effects to the captain. Armstead died two days later at the George Spanger farm hospital site.
(From “Freemasons at Gettysburg” by Sheldon A. Munn)

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