Gettysburg’s Monumental Landscape
Tuesday, November 28
Gettysburg’s monumental landscape started to develop almost as soon as the armies left and continues to this date. This photo-rich presentation combines two books. First, it discusses how the monumental landscape evolved and the phases of monument building. Second, it addresses in depth the largest category of monuments, the monuments to Union regiments, predominantly constructed around the 25th anniversary. Finally, it reviews some of the most significant monuments as artwork and the artists who created them. It will also briefly discuss the different and interesting Civil War monumental landscapes at Antietam, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia.
Presenter Leon Reed has been surrounded by stories of his Civil War ancestors his entire life. These stories largely ignited his interest in the Civil War and particularly Gettysburg. He is the author of two photo books on Gettysburg monuments: “Stories the Monuments Tell: A Photo Tour of Gettysburg as Told by its Monuments” and “History in Granite and Bronze: The Monumental Landscape at Gettysburg, Antietam, and Washington, DC, and the Artists Who Created Them.”