In the spring of 1961 as the centennial celebration of the Civil War drew near, the Georgia State legislature set aside funds necessary to honor all Georgian casualties of the battles of Gettysburg & Antietam.
Two identical monuments (one on each field) were dedicated in September of 1961. The Gettysburg memorial is near where General Paul Semmes’ Georgia brigade was in position during the battle.
Located on West Confederate Avenue, the plain shaft of Georgia blue granite has the state seal of Georgia on both the front & back. The only inscription is the simple epitaph to the Georgia dead:
We Sleep Here in Obedience to Law
When Duty Called, We Came
When Country Called, We Died