This week’s Sepia Saturday photo is all about castles and monuments. While castles in the United States are limited to mansions that call themselves “castles” and to fantasy castles in parks like Disney World, a monument in Gettysburg made me take another look. Looks like a castle to me!
One of several New York monuments, this one in particular is at Little Round Top and is dedicated to the 12th and 44th Infantry Regiments. Interestingly, the monument measures 44 feet high and 12 feet wide, dimensions representing the two regiments.
Followers of Sepia Saturday might recall that just a couple weeks ago I shared photos from trips my great aunts and uncles had taken to Gettysburg. Are you in luck -- I have more!
|Millard Davis and the Warren statue|
The Pennsylvania Monument is the largest of the state monuments at the Gettysburg battlefield. It is 110 feet from the ground to the tip of the sword held by Winged Victory. The bronze plaques contain the names of not only all the regiments and batteries but also over 34,000 Pennsylvanians who served in the Civil War.
from Velma Davis Woodring's
summer trip with Olive Williams and family
The Virginia Monument was the first Confederate monument and also the largest. And why not? After all, we contributed the largest number of soldiers and the leader, General Robert E. Lee depicted here on his trusty horse, Traveler. (Interesting bit of trivia: Traveler’s skeleton is preserved at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.) The seven soldiers at the base of the statue represent the types of men who left their jobs to defend the South: farmer, artist, business man, boy, professional man, mechanic, and youth.
And one more monument but NOT from a battlefield (try to hide your despair).
This pyramid is dedicated to Governor Spotswood and the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe. Back in 1710, Alexander Spotswood was the royal governor getting a lot of pressure from “back home” in jolly ol’ England to expand westward. So he gathered some prominent citizens and embarked on a journey across the interior of Virginia and on across the Blue Ridge Mountains. They celebrated their amazing expedition, and stories of their discovery of such a beautiful valley with fertile soil spread quickly. Of course, the whole idea had been for people in the east to move west, but the mountains proved to be difficult to cross. Instead, people trickled in from the northern colonies, particularly Scots and Germans from Pennsylvania.
This little pyramid is near and dear to my heart because the Shenandoah Valley is the center of my genealogical world. My roots. The marker is at Swift Run Gap, right at the entrance to the Skyline Drive. As a kid, I always looked for that marker, although I didn’t know its significance. To me it merely signaled that we had finished climbing UP the mountain, and we’d be going DOWN the other side. (I bet Governor Spotswood thought the same thing!) It would be just a short ride to visit my cousins in Shenandoah.
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