Confederate Monuments at Gettysburg > State Monuments


The monument to the State of Arkansas is southwest of Gettysburg on West Confederate Avenue. (39.792652° N, 77.255106° W; Google map; Tour map: West Confederate Avenue – Part 5)The State of Arkansas monument at Gettysburg

The monument was dedicated on June 18, 1966, and. It stands where the 3rd Arkansas Infantry Regiment formed part of Robertson’s Texas Brigade for the assault on July 2nd. An unusual feature of the monument are the four aluminum blocks bearing the Confederate battle flag on at the corner of each base, representing Arkansas’ early role as a producer of aluminum.

Closeup of the aluminum blocks from the State of Arkansas monument at Gettysburg

Closeup of the aluminum blocks

Distant Arkansas provided only one regiment to the Army of Northern Virginia at the Battle of Gettysburg. It totaled about 480 men and lost 41 killed, 101 wounded, and 40 missing, or over one third of the men engaged. It was the smallest state contingent and the smallest number of casualties for any Confederate state, but Arkansas ranked fourth of the twelve Confederate states in the percentage loss of men in the Battle of Gettysburg (see the States at Gettysburg).

From the monument:

Arkansas

The grateful people of the State of Arkansas erect this
memorial as an expression of their pride in the officers and
men of the Third Arkansas Infantry Confederate States
Army, who by their valor and their blood have
made this ground forever hallowed.

Detail from the The State of Arkansas monument at Gettysburg

Detail from the monument