Finding USA Individual Statues at Gettysburg

There are twenty bronze statues that honor Union heroes — both soldiers and citizens — at Gettysburg. This count does not include equestrian monuments. Finding USA individual statues at Gettysburg is not hard, since there are so many of them. But if you want to see all of them, or a particular subset of statues, then a little planning is required.

20 Bronze Statues

Citizens

Three statues depict Gettysburg civilians, two of whom are women:

  1. Sixty-nine year old John L. Burns, who joined the fight on McPherson’s Ridge on July 1, 1863.
  2. Twenty-year-old Mary Virginia “Jennie” Wade who was killed while baking bread for Union soldiers on July 2, 1863.
  3. Thirty-year-old Elizabeth Masser Thorn, caretaker of Evergreen Cemetery, who helped to bury the Union dead.

Soldiers

With the exception of Albert H. Woolson, who is honored as the last surviving (and honorably discharged) Union Civil War Veteran, all other statues honor officers of the Army of the Potomac who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg. Notably, though, more generals fought at Gettysburg than have bronze statues.

Ordered by Bicycling Convenience

I have listed Gettysburg’s statues roughly in the order that a bicyclist might want to visit them. The statues are sequenced in a way that would make sense to someone who is planning a bicycle route. Finding USA individual statues at Gettysburg is not hard, but planning is required if you want to visit all of them, or a particular subset of bronze statues.

Bronze Individual Statues

#NameRoleDedicationSculptor
1John Buford1st Corps Cavalry1895James E. Kelly
2John L. BurnsCitizen1903Albert G. Bureau
3Abner Doubleday3rd Division, 1st Corps1917J. Massey Rhind
4James S. Wadsworth1st Division, 1st Corps1914R. Hinton Perry
5John C. Robinson2nd Division, 1st Corps1917J. Massey Rhind
6Francis C. Barlow1st Division, 11th Corps1922J. Massey Rhind
7William W. Wells2nd Battalion, 1st Vermont Cavalry1913J. Otto Schweitzer
8Gouverneur K. WarrenChief Engineer1888Karl Gerhardt
9Samuel W. CrawfordPennsylvania Reserves (3rd Division, 5th Corps)1988Ron Tunison
10A. A. Humphreys2nd Division, 3rd Corps1914J. Otto Schweitzer
11William Corby Chaplain, 88th New York1910Samuel A. Murray
12John Gibbon2nd Division, 2nd Corps1988Terry Jones
13Alexander S. Webb2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Corps1915J. Massey Rhind
14Albert H. WoolsonCivil War veteran1956Avard Fairbanks
15Alexander Hays3rd Division, 2nd Corps1915J. Otto Schweitzer
16John W. Geary2nd Division, 12th Corps1915J. Otto Schweitzer
17George S. Greene 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 12th Corps1907R. Hinton Perry
18Mary Virginia “Jennie” WadeCitizen1984 (completed)Ivo Zini
19John F. Reynolds1st Corps1872John Quincy Adams Ward
20Elizabeth Masser ThornCitizen2002Ron Tunison

Can you find bronze statues (above) at Gettysburg using the following maps? Give it a try!

Finding USA Individual Statues at Gettysburg

For each statue’s photograph, find its location on the map. (Or you could do it the other way around: For each map location, find the associated statue photograph.) The following sections provide the maps and photographs.

I am deliberately leaving this work to you as a learning exercise. As you interact with the maps, photographs, and above table, I believe that you will find yourself learning more about Gettysburg National Military Park.

Maps

Gettysburg North of Town

 

For each map provided on this page, hover over any pin with your mouse, or tap the pin on a mobile device, to read what the pin marks. The abbreviations are derived from the monument names shown in the table above.

Gettysburg South of Town

 

Photos

 

Route Planning

Finally, it’s time to plan a bicycle route that passes each bronze statue. You have everything that you need!

It is certainly possible to design a circular bicycle route that passes each of the twenty bronze statues. However, it is more likely that you will want to plan smaller circuits, or to include these visits in a more broadly themed route.

With that in mind, you might want to consider incorporating the following route “segments” (non-circular routes) into your route planning:

The first route segment would focus on battlefield events of July 1, 1863 (and include the six statues that are north of town). If you visit numbers [1-6], above, in that order, you will be able to bicycle with the flow of traffic.

The second route segment could begin on South Confederate Avenue at the William W. Wells Statue [7] and head north along Cemetery Ridge to the Alexander Hays Statue [15] in Ziegler’s Grove, with a possible westward detour to visit the A. A. Humphreys Statue [10] on Emmitsburg Road. This segment covers numbers [7-15].

The third route segment could begin in Spangler’s Spring, heading north on Slocum Avenue to visit the John W. Geary Statue [16] and the remaining statues, [17-20], in order.

 

Finding USA Individual Statues at Gettysburg
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