Maj. Gen. George G. Meade

Posted to the Project on 02 Apr 09

George Meade Equestrian Monument

Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade commanded the Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg.

About the Main Monument

When was it dedicated? Installed 1895. Dedicated June 5, 1896.

What is it made out of? Sculpture: bronze; Base: granite.

What size is it? Sculpture: approx. W. 4 ft. 3 in. x 11 ft. 4 in.; Base: approx. 9 ft. 7 in. x 7 ft. 10 in. x 14 ft. 2 1/2 in.

Who made it? Bush-Brown, Henry K., 1857-1935, sculptor. Bureau Brothers, founder.

What does it depict? An equestrian portrait of General Meade looking out over the battlefield where the Union army under his direction won one of its greatest battles. He holds a pair of binoculars in his proper right hand and his hat in his proper left hand. A sword hangs from the left side of his saddle. The monument cost $37,500. Placed on crest of hill, indicates general position from which Meade oversaw repulse of Longstreet’s assault July 3, 1863, giving voice and visual encouragement to soldiers.

How is it inscribed? MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE GORDON MEADE/UNITED STATES ARMY/COMMANDER OF THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC/BORN DECEMBER 31 1815 DIED NOVEMBER 6 1872

When was this photograph taken? September 24, 2010.

Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Located on North Hancock Avenue opposite the Angle.

Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? Yes.

Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been moved or materially altered.

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Secondary Monuments and Markers

Meade Takes Command MonumentMonument Title: Meade Takes Command

Photographed: May 29, 2009.

Location: Frederick, Maryland. This monument is denoted on the map above by a RED pushpin.

Description: Created from a boulder taken from Devil’s Den, this monument in Frederick, Maryland outside Prospect Hall denotes where General George Meade took command of the Army of the Potomac on the morning of June 28, 1863. The monument was dedicated on June 28, 1963 — the one hundredth anniversary of Meade’s taking command of the Army of the Potomac. It was erected by the Frederick County Civil War Centennial Association. The Meade marker is on Himes Ave. near the East entrance to Prospect Hall.

At Gettysburg

Commanded: The Army of the Potomac.

General Information

Brief Biography: George Gordon Meade (December 31, 1815 – November 6, 1872) was a career United States Army officer and civil engineer involved in coastal construction, including several lighthouses. He fought with distinction in the Seminole War and Mexican-American War. During the American Civil War he served as a Union general, rising from command of a brigade to the Army of the Potomac. He is best known for defeating Confederate General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

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