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Draw the Sword is a Gettysburg Monument Project — in blog format.

This page explains what the Draw the Sword Gettysburg Monument Project is all about.

Writing almost fifty years after the end of the Civil War, Union General Joshua Chamberlain, who commanded the 20th Maine Regiment in the fighting on Little Round Top at Gettysburg, put into words the importance of this “deathless field:”

No chemistry of frost or rain, no overlaying mould of the season’s recurrent life and death, can ever separate from the soil of these consecrated fields the life-blood so deeply commingled and incorporate here. Ever henceforth under the rolling suns, when these hills are touched to splendor with the morning light, or smile a farewell to the lingering day, the flush that broods upon them shall be rich with a strange and crimson tone,–not of the earth, nor yet of the sky, but mediator and hostage between the two.

The monuments at Gettysburg were for the most part placed by the veterans who fought here — to honor their role in the battle and to remember the sacrifices of their comrades who died here. Gifted with the pen, Chamberlain wrote of “generations we know not of” coming to visit Gettysburg. We are those generations and it is in our hands the care of the battlefield and its monuments falls.

To that end, Draw the Sword exists to honor the sacrifices of the men of both armies who fought at Gettysburg by featuring each monument on the battlefield. Through this site the visitor can hopefully learn more about Gettysburg’s monuments — their locations, their symbolism, the men they represent.

Please visit the frequently asked questions page for more information about this website and the scope of the monument project.

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Navigate the Project

Draw the Sword includes over 900 monuments and markers in and around the Gettysburg National Military Park. Use the pull down menus below to locate monuments by type, location, or order of battle. A quick list of the most popular monuments and my master table containing all the monuments.

Commemorative Monuments

Army of the Potomac

Army of Northern Virginia

Monuments by State

Monuments by Road

Other Battlefield Features

More about the Monuments

If you would like to learn more about the monuments, please visit the Monument 101 section.

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