Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade

Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade (HM9MY)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 48.842', W 77° 14.105'

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"Gen. Meade has my confidence as a brave and skillful officer, and a true man."
President Abraham Lincoln
July 21, 1863

The sculpture in front of you depicts Gettysburg's Union commander, Maj. Gen. George G. Meade, at the climax of the battle here July 3. From this ridge near his headquarters he observed the closing moments of the battle and encouraged his troops.

Meade was a West Point graduate and a professional soldier. A stern disciplinarian with a temper, his soldiers nicknamed him "Ol Snappin' Turtle." Though not a favorite with reporters, he earned the respect of officers and men who served under him. Only three days after being appointed commander of the Union Army of the Potomac, he faced Robert E. Lee in perhaps the greatest battle of the Civil War.

Following the battle, President Abraham Lincoln expressed disappointment that Lee's defeated army was allowed to escape into Virginia. But Lincoln soon put criticism aside and expressed his gratitude to Meade. Congress also praised Meade and his men who "repulsed, defeated, and drove back...the veteran army of the Rebellion."
HM NumberHM9MY
Placed ByGettysburg National Military Park
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Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 9:17am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 308688 N 4409506
Decimal Degrees39.81403333, -77.23508333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 48.842', W 77° 14.105'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 48' 50.52" N, 77° 14' 6.30" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1200-1248 Hancock Ave, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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