This is the North Caroline State Monument facing Cemetery Ridge on the Gettysburg Battlefield and bordered on all four sides by an iron picket fence.
It was created by sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, in 1929. Gutzon Borglum (John Dutzon de la Mothe Borglum) was famous for creating the presidents’ heads at Mount Rushmore.
The spot this monument sits on is where the North Carolina troops became part of Picketts charge which was ordered by Confederate General Robert E. Lee and led by Major General George Pickett.
Approximately nine Confederate infantry brigades with 12,500 men moved across open fields for almost a mile under heavy Union artillery fire. They suffered 50% casualties.
This ended the three-day battle at Gettysburg.
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