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General Meade's Statue in Gettysburg

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General Meade's Statue in Gettysburg

Time: June 5, 2021 all day
Location: Gettysburg Battlefield
City/Town: Gettysburg, PA
Event Type: meeting, crossposting, historical, meade, old, baldy
Organized By: Old Baldy's friends https://generalmeadesociety.org
Latest Activity: Mar 22

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What a fine General he was.

Victorious over that Dastardly General Lee at Gettysburg, General George Gordon Meade was a fine General and a fine Philadelphian.  After the Civil War, Meade helped create Fairmount Park and would ride his horse Old Baldy through it almost daily.

Meade's equestrian statue in Gettysburg was dedicated on June 5 1896, 125 years ago.

 

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The picture used here is of his equestrian statue in Philadelphia located in Fairmount Park near the Please Touch Museum.

 

The statue in Fairmount Park is notable for being the work of Alexander Milne Calder - who made the statue of William Penn that stands atop City Hall.  ( The son and grandson of Calder have works of art in and around the Phila Museum of Art.)


The one in Fairmount park is older, unveiled on October 18th, 1887 with 30,000 people in attendance.

 

Also, the citizens of Philly and the nation were so grateful for his service that they gave him and his family a house in Philadelphia.

https://www.associationforpublicart.org/artwork/major-general-george-gordon-meade/#

https://www.loc.gov/item/01006345/

More information is always at hand at

(you got it) the General Meade Society of Philadelphia 

https://generalmeadesociety.org 

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