Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War
CSA flag

State of Mississippi

The monument to the State of Mississippi at Gettysburg is southwest of town on West Confederate Avenue. (39.80242° N, 77.255873° W; map)

 

The statue was sculpted by Donald DeLue, who also created the nearby State of Louisiana monument. it was dedicated on October 19, 1973.

 

The monument stands where General Barksdale's Mississippi Brigade began their charge into the Peach Orchard on July 2nd and represents the desperate hand-to-hand fighting of that day. The color-bearer has fallen mortally wounded and his comrade steps over his body, using his clubbed musket to defend the fallen flag.

 

A small presentation tablet (bottom right) is near the walkway to the monument.

 

Mississippi sent over 4,900 men to Gettysburg, with almost 1,500 becoming casualties. It was the fifth largest contingent from the twelve Confederate State at Gettysburg and the fifth highest casualty total.

 

 

From the monument:

 

Mississippi
July 1st 2nd 3rd 1863

On this ground our brave sires fought for their righteous cause; In glory they sleep who give to it their lives
To valor, they gave new dimensions of courage
To duty its noblest fulfillment
T
o posterity, the sacred heritage of honor.

 

From the presentation tablet:

 

Presented by
The State of Mississippi
to
The National
Gettysburg Military Park
Administration of
Governors John Bell Williams
and William L. Waller
Mississippi Gettysburg Memorial Commission
Dr. M. Ney Williams, Jr. - Chairman
Tom White Crigler Jr. - Vice President
Cray Evans - Secretary    Dr. Byrle A. Kynerd
Justice Tom P. Brady     Donald F. Garrett
Ed. C. Sturdivant            Alfred P. Andrews
Clarence Pierce          Stone Barefeild


Mississippi monument st Gettysburg
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