Monday, March 7, 2011

North Carolina Monument at Gettysburg

Gettysburg National Military Park features hundreds of monuments and tributes to those who fought and perished during this critical Civil War battle. North Carolina's sacrifice at the Battle of Gettysburg was humbling. It is estimated that one in every four Confederate soldiers who fell at Gettysburg was from North Carolina. This monument is dedicated to the forty-two regiments and batteries from North Carolina which served at Gettysburg.

Sculpted by Gutzon Borglum, who also designed the four presidents' faces on Mount Rushmore, the monument represents a group of North Carolina soldiers in "Pickett's Charge." Of all of the sites visited during our tour of the park, the faces of the North Carolina Monument have stayed with me, illustrating Borglum's moving artistry with faces.

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