16 thoughts on “The Sunday Question

  1. Al Mackey September 18, 2011 / 3:23 pm

    Tie. The 90th PA Monument on Oak Ridge at Gettysburg and the 11th PA Monument just down the line from the 90th. I like the 90th because it’s unusual, and I like the 11th because Sallie’s story is so neat.

  2. Jeff Davis September 18, 2011 / 3:44 pm

    79th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment on Battleline Road at Chickamauga. Shows them as the keystone in Thomas’s Sunday line. They fought back four assaults before being ordered off the field personally by General Thomas.

  3. Lyle Smith September 18, 2011 / 4:14 pm

    The Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, LA. Mark Twain called it “a little sham castle”.

  4. Ken Noe September 18, 2011 / 4:37 pm

    “Virginia Mourning Her Dead” at VMI.

  5. Donald R. Shaffer September 18, 2011 / 4:49 pm

    I like St. Gauden’s monument on the Boston Commons to the 54th Massachusetts. I also like (for its unintentional silliness) the McKinley Monument at Antietam.

  6. Ray O'Hara September 18, 2011 / 6:50 pm

    The NC monument at Gettysburg, the figures are in a heroic scale and it capture the rush and the excitement of battle. I think it is the best figure statue on any battlefield..
    the sculptor is Gutzon Borglum.

    The Grant Monument at the reflecting pool, a monument that probably gets shows on TV than any other as the political talking head shows love the view up the Mall along the reflecting pool with the Capitol in the background.. Grant looks very grand determinedly sitting on his horse while the smaller sets of ficures capture an army in motion. like the NC monument it captures its figures in lifelike movements. unlike so many statues the figures aren’t stilted and statuelike.

    August St Gaudens Robert Gould Shaw- 54th Mass is nice, if you go there on the longest day of the year the last rays of daylight shine just on the face of Shaw.
    The St Gaudens home in Cornish NH is owned by the National Park Service and if you are in the area it is well worth visiting, there are casts of his best works, and a modern art gallery which showcases todays artists. When you sit on the front porch you can easily see how Maxfield Parrish imagined the columns of the porch into a Greek temple and Mt Ascutney just across the Ct River in Vt into Mount Olympus.

  7. James F. Epperson September 18, 2011 / 8:45 pm

    Oh, gosh, too many to mention. To be totally honest, I think my favorite is the 90th Pennsylvania on Oak Ridge at Gettysburg, because it is so distinctive. (Al got here first.) There is a Wisconsin marker at Shiloh that looks so much like a tree stump that it is often mistaken for one. And I do love the Grant monument in front of the Capital.

  8. Carl Schenker September 19, 2011 / 5:59 am

    Re the Grant memorial, I read somewhere that this also honors the Army of the Potomac, but I see no sign of that at the memorial. Seems to me it depicts Grant with generic troops, appropriate to his role as general-in-chief and due to his service in both theaters. Does anyone happen to know chapter and verse on this? CRS

  9. Michael Lynch September 19, 2011 / 8:18 am

    I’m partial to the Shaw monument, too, but I also like the UDC monument at Shiloh. It’s not as attractive as a lot of others, but the symbolism appeals to me.


  10. Buck Buchanan September 19, 2011 / 2:31 pm

    A couple of my favorites

    The Sedgwick Monumnet at Spotsylvania. What better last words!


    The Vermont Brigade at The Wilderness


    The Irish Brigade’s Monument on Sickles Lane in Gettysburg


    The 20th Massachusetts Infantry at High Water Mark at Gettysburg. I am from that area south of Boston and grew up playing on the same kind of rocks as the soldiers.


    The 19th US Infantry, the Rock of Chickamauga, at Chickamauga. Stood with Thomas and by the end of the battle was commanded by a second lieutenant. I commanded a rifle comapny in the 3rd, 19th Infantry in the 1980s. Tradition on Organizational Day was for the junior lieutenant in the battalion to take command for the day. We held a formal change of command ceremony and everything.


    I also love the Illinois Monument at Vicksburg…love the grandeur.


  11. Mark Strauch September 20, 2011 / 3:03 am

    All of those mentioned already are great choices, but I think my favorite is one not mentioned (and which many might not like): the Louisiana state monument at Gettysburg.

  12. Bruce Martin September 28, 2011 / 7:47 am

    2nd Minnesota, Horseshoe Ridge. The Illinois Monument in Review Field, Shiloh, is pretty impressive too.

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