Tennessee State Monument Replica - Gettysburg
Signed and numbered edition of 1863
Gettysburg Monument Replica Collection.
Cast in stone resin, complete with all engraved wording.
Sized at 11.5" X 3" X 7.5"
Crafted and Made in the United States
Constructed of blood granite with gray granite stars atop, lettering and artwork awash in gold and the engraved shape of the state of Tennessee on the base
The State of Tennessee monument is southwest of Gettysburg on West Confederate Avenue. DEDICATED: JULY 2, 1982
Tennessee was the last of the Southern states represented in the Battle of Gettysburg to place a monument on the field. It is the only state monument built exclusively through the use of private contributions.
On the face of the stone is an etching of three soldiers representing each of the Tennessee regiments in the battle. Three gray, marble stars are on top of the die symbolizing divisions of the state: eastern, central, and western Tennessee. The base is sixteen feet long as Tennessee as the sixteenth state to enter the Union. An additional feature is the outline of the state cut into the base.
The units honored by the memorial were part of Archer's brigade of General Heth's division. The unit that opened the battle for the Confederates on July 1. The first Confederate casualty of the battle, Private Henry C. Rison was a member of Company B, 7th Tennessee Infantry. He suffered a gunshot wound that fractured his thigh while on skirmish duty early on July 1. On August 15, Private Rison died in a Union hospital . At 3 P.M. on July 3, the survivors of three Tennessee regiments would participate in the last infantry action of the battle as they advanced from the area near this site to assault the Union lines during "Pickett's Charge." It can therefore be said that Tennessee troops both opened and closed one of the great battles in history.