In 1961 Georgia erected identical statues on the battlefields of Gettysburg and Antietam honoring her Confederate veterans. Dedicated in September of that year, the monument is near where General Semmes’ Georgia Brigade began its attack toward the Wheatfield on July 2nd.
Georgia provided over 13,000 men to the Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg, including the Army’s second in command, James Longstreet. Over 2,700 Georgians became casualties in the battle. It was the third largest contingent and the third highest casualties of the Confederate states in the battle (see the States at Gettysburg).
From the monument:
We sleep here in obedience;
When duty called, we came;
When country called, we died