The Battle of Gettysburg was the largest and deadliest battle of the American Civil War. Over 160,000 men fought for their competing visions of America, and over 45,000 became casualties. When you visit the Gettysburg battlefield you find a giant outdoor classroom where hundreds of monuments and markers of stone, bronze and iron help visitors explore one of the great turning points in American history.
The story of the battle is told by over 1200 monuments and markers featured on this site, all with photographs, live text of their inscriptions, and map locations. You can go to their pages from the tour maps, or you can use the menu to search for Union or Confederate monuments, by state or type of monument, or for monuments to individuals.
You can take a virtual tour of the Gettysburg battlefield using the monument maps, visit the battlefield farms, get an idea of the terrain over which the armies fought, and find facts about the battle.
150 Years Ago in the Civil War
On April 1, 1865, at Five Forks, Virginia, Confederate General George Pickett’s division was overwhelmed by Union General Philip Sheridan’s Cavalry Corps and General Gouverneur Warren’s Fifth Corps. The defeat allowed Grant’s army to cut the final supply line to Petersburg, dooming the Confederate capital of Richmond. Robert E. Lee evacuated the trenches and set his men on the road that would lead to surrender at Appomattox in nine days. Visit the Five Forks battlefield on Stone Sentinels or study the Battle of Five Forks at Civil War in the East.
In addition to the information on this site many of the pages have links to a companion site, The Civil War in the East, which provides unit histories, biographies, and additional information of interest.
Want to know what happened before or after the Battle of Gettysburg? The main Stone Sentinels website has links to over two dozen more battles that took place from Pennsylvania to southern Virginia.