Bringing the Battlefield to Life

monument This tablet was placed on the south slope of Little Round Top in memory of Brig. Gen. Strong Vincent on August 1, 1878. Vincent was mortally wounded on that spot.

Monument DebateSilent sentries stand their ground on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Marking both Union and Confederate battle lines, the monuments at Gettysburg tell stories of glory and valor during the three-day battle in July 1863. The story of the monuments at Gettysburg, though, tells of a fight that continues to this very day.

Ever since 1867, when the 1st Minnesota Infantry placed a memorial urn in the National Cemetery, the placement of monuments on this battlefield has been a hot topic of interest and debate for battle veterans and historians alike.

On August 1, 1878, a small tablet was placed on the south slope of Little Round Top to the memory of Brig. Gen. Strong Vincent who was mortally wounded on that spot. Massachusetts followed in 1879, placing a tablet to the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry on the edge of Spangler’s Meadow honoring the men who died in a morning attack as a result of an order their colonel called "murder".

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Additional Resources

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