Did You Know … Statues at Gettysburg

That the man who designed this …

irish gettysburg… also designed this?

Grant's tomb

It’s true … John H. Duncan designed both the monument to the Irish Brigade at Gettysburg and Grant’s Tomb.


I discovered this one day when I was taking a close look at the Gettysburg monument.

That’s my contribution to St. Patrick’s Day.

By the way, the man who sculpted this monument …

DSCN0956… also sculpted this death mask:

grant death mask … as well as this bust:

grant bust kg 1220px-Karl_Gerhardt_1879His name? Karl Gerhardt … who was pictured on the cover of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly working on the death mask.

FL IN Grant KG

That certainly puts an interesting twist on the Warren statue, doesn’t it?


7 thoughts on “Did You Know … Statues at Gettysburg

  1. Kalyn Behnke March 17, 2014 / 7:53 am

    I would have never made that connection! What an interesting tidbit for this St. Patrick’s Day.

  2. Nancy Winkler March 17, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    * Gulp! * The sight of Grant’s death mask is so sad! And the look of Grant’s face on the bronze bust is sad also. It shows his suffering during his last months. The artist’s work is exceptional to be so moving.

  3. tmheaney March 17, 2014 / 4:19 pm

    Does this mean there is also a large, bronze dog on Grant’s Tomb? I failed to bring dog biscuits during my pilgrimage to Gettysburg a few years ago; I would hate to make the same faux pas when I visit New York.

  4. Nancy Winkler March 18, 2014 / 11:44 am

    Bronze dog? Please explain.

    • LoyaltyOfDogs.com (@loyaltyofdogs) February 27, 2016 / 5:36 pm

      Hello, Nancy Winkler. The “bronze dog” refers to the figure of the Irish wolfhound on the Irish Brigade Monument on the Gettysburg Battlefield. It is not quite so easy to make out in the photo at the top of the page, but an Irish wolfhound lies at the foot of the Celtic cross on the monument. The wolfhound is actually one of two bronze dogs on monuments at Gettysburg. The other dog, a bull terrier, is an homage to the mascot of the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, a regiment that also fought at Gettysburg. The dog of the 11th PA, Sallie Ann Jarrett, faithfully accompanied the soldiers throughout nearly the entire war, until she was killed in action in February 1865 at Hatcher’s Run, Virginia. Her life-size statue is part of the regimental monument at Gettysburg, where she is remembered for remaining on the battlefield guarding her wounded and dead companions throughout the three-day battle.

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