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Gettysburg National Battlefield: Louisiana Memorial

150630_Gettysburg_LA Mem by Karl Graf. Louisiana Memorial – “Peace and Memory”

I have not posted an entry during the whole month of June.  I will try to do a little better this month.  On a trip to Gettysburg National Battlefield last month I was able to get images of a few memorials and battlefield scenes.  I processed them using Nik Silver Efex Pro sepia toning to fit the character of the past.

Donald De Lue named his memorial sculpture  “Peace and Memory”.  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.”  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.”

Louisiana had approximately 3031 soldiers engaged at the Battle of Gettysburg. 724 of them were casualties for a loss of 23.9%. This percentage placed Louisiana 22nd in rank of all the states that had soldiers at Gettysburg.

150630_Gettysburg_LA Mem2 by Karl Graf.