The Gettysburg National Military Park North Carolina Monument, Pennsylvania
This is a vinyl fridge magnet souvenir of the Gettysburg National Military Park North Carolina Monument, Pennsylvania United States. The 43rd North Carolina Infantry served as a member of Daniel's Brigade in Rodes' Division of the Ewell's Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. The commander, Colonel Thomas S. Kenan (1838-1911), was a lawyer from Dublin County. He was wounded and captured at Gettysburg. The 43rd North Carolina Monument is located on the east side of East Confederate Avenue in woods at base of Culp's Hill. The monument resembles a cube with the top truncated at a 45 degree angle. The angle is to make the bronze plaque and its inscription easier to view. There is another, larger, exact version of this monument elsewhere (near Lincoln Highway) for North Carolina as well. The monument was dedicated in 1988 by the State of North Carolina.
The monument is composed of sculpture, polished granite with bronze plaque, a base of Mt. Airy pink granite. The inscription reads: "As they approached the field of battle on the morning of July 1, the 43d North Carolina, along with the rest of Daniel's Brigade heard the distant booming of cannon. Early in the afternoon the regiment moved to the right and onto open ground where they were met by a furious fire. Their steady progress was checked by the deep railroad cut, but subsequent assaults were successful in breaking the Union line. Having suffered heavily, the Regiment rested for the night west of town. The next morning the 43d supported a battery just north of the Seminary. Shelling from the guns on the nearby heights inflicted some losses. Toward evening the Regiment took up a position on the Southern edge of town. Before daybreak on July 3, the 43d moved to the extreme left of the Confederate line to take part in an assault on Culp's Hill." Passing this point and advancing under heavy fire, they occupied earthworks abandoned by Union troops. Attempting to push beyond the works, the regiment was exposed to a most severe fire of canister, shrapnel, and shell at short range. During the attack Col. Kenan was wounded and taken from the field and command passed to Lt. Col. Lewis. The Regiment retired to this point and remained exposed and under fire until ordered to recross Rock Creek in the early evening.