New York State Monument

New York State MonumentIn 1886 only two New York State monuments had been erected on the fields of Gettysburg. Those two being the 14th Brooklyn & the 124th New York with neither of these two representing the City of New York.

Veterans of the 83rd New York Infantry had a site chosen & a committee selected to watch over the construction – all they needed now were the funds to begin. Friends & survivors of the regiment were solicited for contributions & by Sept. 1887, almost $3500.00 had been collected.

Dedicated on July 1, 1888 – the monument to the 83rd New York was to become one of the single largest memorial dedications the battlefield would see. It was attended by veterans of the unit itself, plus other members of the First Corps, ranking officers from the battle & the entire 9th New York National Guard which was sent by the Governor of the State.

The memorial is a fifty-one foot tall shaft on levels of red & white granite. On top is a bronze cannonball & eagle. The eagle weighs in at 700 pounds & has a wing span of almost six feet.

The regimental badge can be found at the base with the motto “Ratione Aut Vi,” which means “By Reason or Force.”

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  1. Joe Maroney says:

    Your photo of the NYS Monument has incorrect text for the 83rd NY monument.

    • bonnie says:

      Thanks for letting me know.

  2. Lena Granet says:

    My husband is blind, but he really want to do a Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tour – please send info regarding this and what time of year is the best time to go??

    Thanks

    L

    • bonnie says:

      Our Battlefield Tours are limited to one tour a day in December, which has a Licensed Battlefield Guide on board. We only have tours on Saturday and Sundays in January and February, which is a pre-recorded presentation. We resume daily tours at the end of February and increase as the season progresses. Our Double Decker Buses begin operation sometime April/May depending on the weather. The tour does a restroom/refreshment stop and at least one scenic stop. Once schedule is finalized than it will be available on our website: http://www.gettysburgbattlefieldtours.com. You may want to consider hiring a guide for your vehicle. He/She would drive your vehicle and give you a more personal tour. This may give you the opportunity to stop so that your husband could touch some of the monuments. Information on these tours are available at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org . I hope this helps. If you have any other questions direct them to info@gburgtours.com.

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