8 Equestrian Monuments
Six of the eight equestrian monuments honor generals from the Army of the Potomac (AOP), the Union army that fought at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863. And two equestrian monuments honor generals from the Army of Northern Virginia (ANV), the Confederate army that attacked Gettysburg. They are listed in the following table.
|1||Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds||AOP||1899||Henry Kirke Bush-Brown (1857–1935)|
|2||Gen. Robert E. Lee||ANV||1917||Frederick Sievers (1872–1966)|
|3||Lt. Gen. James Longstreet||ANV||1998||Gary Casteel|
|4||Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick||AOP||1913||Henry Kirke Bush-Brown (1857–1935)|
|5||Maj. Gen. George G. Meade||AOP||1896||Henry Kirke Bush-Brown (1857–1935)|
|6||Maj. Gen. Henry W. Slocum||AOP||1902||Edward Clark Potter (1857–1923)|
|7||Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock||AOP||1896||Frank Edwin Elwell (1858–1922)|
|8||Maj. Gen. Oliver O. Howard||AOP||1932||Robert Aitken (1878–1949)|
Can you find equestrian monuments at Gettysburg using the following maps? Give it a try!
Finding Equestrian Monuments at Gettysburg
For each monument’s photograph, find its location on the map. (Or you could do it the other way around: For each map location, find the associated monument photograph.)
Then plan a bicycle route that passes each equestrian monument. Two routes might be easier to plan and ride. The first would focus on battlefield events of July 1, 1863 (and include only the Reynolds monument north of town). The second route could begin on the north end of West Confederate Avenue and head south, eventually cutting east on Millerstown and then Wheatfield Roads to turn left onto Sedgwick Avenue. Having at this point visited three equestrian monuments (Lee, Longstreet, and Sedgwick), ride north to Hancock Avenue to visit the Meade equestrian monument. Finally, there are several ways to ride from here to East Cemetery Hill (Hancock, Howard) and Stevens’ Knoll (Slocum), but you might prefer to visit these monuments on yet another bicycle trip.
Gettysburg North of Town
The John F. Reynolds Equestrian Monument on Chambersburg Road is the only Gettysburg equestrian monument north of town. The monument is slightly east of a seasonal visitor center on Stone Avenue at Chambersburg Road. (There is a nice restroom here.)