Crafted by Gary Casteel, these 1863 Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Monument Replicas commemorate the pivotal events of the Battle of Gettysburg.
On July 3, 1863, General Robert E. Lee's order for Pickett's Charge resulted in over 12,000 Confederate soldiers advancing across perilous terrain under heavy Union fire. Despite breaching the Union lines at "the Angle," they couldn't sustain the breakthrough. After the battle, John Bachelder, an influential figure in Gettysburg's preservation, met with Walter Harrison, Pickett's acting adjutant. Impressed by the Copse of Trees' significance, Bachelder envisioned a grand memorial.
Following the sale of the land to the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, Bachelder advocated for an iron fence to protect the trees. In 1887, the idea for the High Water Mark Monument emerged. Initially proposed as a bronze tablet, Bachelder's vision expanded to an elaborate design featuring an open book supported by pyramids of cannonballs and flanked by two Napoleon cannons. The legend on the monument identified the Copse of Trees as the landmark for Longstreet's Assault on July 3, 1863. Despite the displacement of the term "Longstreet's Assault" by "Pickett's Charge," the monument's name, the High Water Mark of the Rebellion, endured.
Dedicated on June 2, 1892, the monument stands on the west side of Hancock Avenue next to the Copse of Trees, symbolizing the turning point of the rebellion.
The newly released High Water Mark Monument replica is now available for $990.00. Visit valleyartspublishing.com or call 717.387.0461 or, better yet, stop into the gallery located at 789 Baltimore Street in Gettysburg and see it for yourself!!
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