Gettysburg's Civil War Women's Memorial
by sculptor Ron Tunison of Cairo, New York
Located in the Evergreen Cemetery, along the Baltimore Pike.
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Gettysburg Civil War Women's Memorial( Likeness of Elizabeth Thorn)Dedicated November 16, 2002 Sculptor: Ron Tunison The likeness on the memorial is of Elizabeth C. Thorn. Elizabeth and her husband Peter, were residents of the brick gatehouse as Peter was employed as the caretaker of the Evergreen Cemetery. In August of 1862, Peter would enlist in the 138th Pennsylvania Infantry. He would serve approximately three years leaving Elizabeth and their three sons to attend to the duties of the cemetery. Elizabeth would have the help of her mother and father who also lived in the Evergreen Gatehouse.The sculptor has captured the tired likeness of Thorn. Not only did Elizabeth dig the graves for northern soldiers, she would "entertain" Generals Howard, Sickles and Slocum on the evening of the 1st, to a midnight meal in the gatehouse. The civilians of Gettysburg endured much in those days in July 1863.
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Elizabeth Thorn was six-months pregnant at the time of the battle. To maintain historical accuracy, the sculptor would use a model that was six-months pregnant.
The details of the hands are nearly lifelike.A pickax lays at the feet of Elizabeth. She and her father would use this type of tool to dig graves for union soldiers that were killed at Gettysburg. She and her father would bury 105 northern soldiers. Sculptor Ron Tunison's signature at the base of the bronze statue. A wonderful book with information and facts about the Evergreen Cemetery and the battle of Gettysburg please see:Beyond the Gatehouseby Brian A. Kennell Also, please keep in mind the Evergreen Cemetery is an active cemetery and should not be visited when funerals are present. It is better to seek permission before entering.
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