Louisiana State Memorial, Bronze sculpture by
Donald De Lue
Located on West Confederate Ave. opposite Pitzer Woods (see Google map link at bottom of page)
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Louisiana State Memorial
Peace and Memory
Dedicated June 11, 1971
As one studies the bronze monuments at Gettysburg it would be almost impossible to not recognize the works of Donald De Lue. All three of De Lue’s works at Gettysburg have similar features and styles and this is no exception with the Louisiana State Memorial.
When De Lue presented his idea for the memorial he had named it “Peace and Memory” and as he explained “It flies over the battlefield blowing the long, shrill clarion call on the trumpet over the long forgotten shallow graves of the Confederate dead. It is taps for the heroic dead at Gettysburg.”
A fallen Louisianan grasps the "stars and bars", the Confederate battle flag.
The lifeless features of the southern soldier at the base of the memorial express much sorrow. To me, it’s one of the most moving features of any of the bronze statues at Gettysburg.
Devotion to duty.
Click on the link below to find the location of this monument on the battlefield.
As De Lue explained the female figure is "Spirit Triumphant", symbolizing the survival of the spirit and the ideas of these men that they did not die in vain. The eternal flame held in the other hand symbolizes the memory of these gallant men. It is the embodiment of the spirit that went into the Battle of Gettysburg with them."
De Lue would continue, “the laurel tree which supports this symbolic figure is in two parts. One represents the North: one the South. It is now one tree trunk, united by the dove of Peace which has now come to the Battlefield of Gettysburg and to the Nation.”
"Clarion" derives from three Latin words: the noun clario (trumpet), the adjective "clarus" (bright and clear) and the verb claro (to make clear). This instrument would produce a high pitched sound when blown.
A lifeless hand still showing great strength.
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