Statues at Gettysburg – Individual Heroes in Bronze

Not including equestrian monuments, there are twenty bronze statues at Gettysburg National Military Park. These honor individuals who fought in the battle. This photo gallery shows highlights each of those statue at Gettysburg – individual heroes in bronze. We not include equestrian monuments, because they have their own Civil War Cycling gallery, here. Hover over the image to read the caption (or on a mobile device, lightly touch and hold the image).

Bronze Statues at Gettysburg

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Gettysburg boasts twenty bronze statues that honor specific individuals. This tally does not include equestrian monuments.

The statue of sixty-nine-year-old John L. Burns is the only Gettysburg statue dedicated to a civilian fighter. Burns was wounded on July 1, 1863, while fighting on McPherson’s Ridge. His statue was erected on Stone Avenue and dedicated in 1903.

Two statues do not stand within Gettysburg National Military Park boundaries, and both of them are dedicated to women. The first is the bronze statue of Mary Virginia “Jennie” Wade (1984), which is outside of the Jennie Wade Museum on Baltimore Street. Jennie Wade was barely twenty-years old when she was struck by a stray bullet and killed while baking bread for Union soldiers. She was the only civilian to die at the Battle of Gettysburg.

The second bronze statue is that of Elizabeth Thorn (also called “The Women’s Memorial”), the then six-month pregnant caretaker of Evergreen Cemetery and one of many civilians who dug temporary graves for soldiers killed in the battle. The Thorn statue (2002) is located just inside the Evergreen Gatehouse on Baltimore Street. Ron Tunison sculpted this and several other monuments at Gettysburg, including the Samuel W. Crawford Monument (1988), the Friend-to-Friend Masonic Memorial (1993), and the Delaware State Monument (2000).

The only other Gettysburg statue not dedicated to a Union military officer features the likeness of Albert Henry Woolson, a drummer boy who did not fight at Gettysburg but who has the honor of being the last surviving (honorably discharged) Union soldier of the Civil War. His statue sits on top of the memorial to the “Grand Army of the Republic.”

The remaining sixteen statues are all Union military officers who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg.

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