The monument to the State of Arkansas is southwest of Gettysburg on West Confederate Avenue. (West Confederate Avenue – Part 5 tour map) It was dedicated on June 18, 1966.
The monument stands where the 3rd Arkansas Infantry Regiment formed part of Robertson’s Texas Brigade for the assault on July 2nd. The monument was constructed of Mt. Airy granite and stands 8 feet tall and is 20 feet wide. 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.
Arkansas was far away from the eastern battlefields. It provided only one regiment to the Army of Northern Virginia at the Battle of Gettysburg. The Third Arkansas Infantry numbered about 480 men at the battle. They lost 41 killed, 101 wounded, and 40 missing, 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 front of the monument:
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.
From the rear of the monument:
The Third Arkansas Infantry Confederate States Army
Location of the Arkansas monument at Gettysburg
The State of Arkansas monument is south of Gettysburg on the west side of West Confederate Avenue. It is about 150 yards north of Emmitsburg Road. West Confederate Avenue is one way southbound. (39°47’33.6″N 77°15’18.4″W)
See more on the history of the 3rd Arkansas Infantry Regiment in the Civil War.