Delaware dedicates memorial to 1863 soldiers

State's monument added at Gettysburg

April 30, 2000

GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- A memorial to Delaware soldiers who fought at Gettysburg was one of the last to be approved before the federal government placed a moratorium on new monuments at the Civil War battlefield.

The recently placed monument consists of an 11-by-8-foot granite pillar and two bronze plaques. One contains the names of Delaware soldiers and the other depicts the 1st Delaware Regiment helping to repel the charge of Confederate forces under Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett in the final day of the three-day battle.

Nearly a quarter of the 691 Delaware soldiers who fought at Gettysburg in July 1863 were killed or wounded in the battle, and four received the Medal of Honor.

Officials at Gettysburg National Military Park said the moratorium went into effect in the early 1990s. The site has more than 1,300 monuments.

"We jumped through a lot of hoops, and we were just about the last ones to get in, just under the wire," said Barksdale Maynard, an art historian at the Delaware College of Art and Design who helped devise the memorial.

Soldiers from 24 states fought in the battle. Delaware is one of seven states that have not erected a monument to its soldiers.

Ken Burns, the filmmaker known for his PBS documentaries on the Civil War, delivered the keynote address at the dedication of the $250,000 memorial, which is between the park's visitor center and the Cyclorama Center.

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