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"To The Eternal Glory"

"To The Eternal Glory"
The North Carolina Monument and 1st Rhode Island Battery A
Image Size 15" x 19"
Release Date: April 1997
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North Carolina Monument
and Arnold’s Battery A, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery

What courage it must have taken
To march across that caldronous field
Perfectly dressed in line of battle
With colors raised high
As canister and musket fire
Tore through their diminishing ranks

What courage it must have taken
To reach the infernal wall
Batteries charged in all consuming terror
Unwavering eyes stared straight ahead
And knew their end was imminent
In the next blinding flash of light

Still forward they went
And bowed their heads
And stepped on into
Eternal Glory.

“To The Eternal Glory” was inspired by Gutzon Borglum’s powerful sculpture to the North Carolina troops on Seminary Ridge. It stands forever at the point where Pettigrew’s Division of North Carolinians stepped off to participate as the left wing of the “Grand Assault” on July 3, 1863, at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Borglum is most noted for his magnificent sculpture at Mount Rushmore. His North Carolina Monument is considered by many critics and historians to be the most “sculptural” of all the monuments on the battlefield. His design was inspired by an extensive guided tour of the battlefield given by Mrs. E.S. Lewars, a contemporary writer and battlefield historian. Borglum already had a basic understanding of the battle but after his tour he told Mrs. Lewars,“Your minute description of the hour-by-hour events on this bloody field have given me a real feeling of the part played by the North Carolina soldiers and I will be able to design a better memorial because of your help.”

The monument was dedicated on July 3, 1929. In a gesture typical of Borglum’s patriotism and sense of theatrics, he planned a dramatic conclusion to the dedication ceremony. He had made arrangements for an airplane to fly over the monument. At the moment of the unveiling, the plane scattered roses across the field in a touching salute to the soldiers of North Carolina. Former North Carolina Governor, Angus McClean stated in his dedication speech “The whole group discloses spirited action and typifies North Carolina troops as they charge up the heights of Cemetery Ridge.”

After reading many books on the Grand Assault and many first person accounts, including the two quotations that begin Mr. Richter’s essay, I found my imagination was sparked by the vision of Borglum’s soldiers gallantly charging an artillery piece. This image haunted me for years; repeated trips to the battlefield convinced me that this was an image worth drawing. I could not stand behind Arnold’s Battery and look across the fields of Pickett’s and Pettigrew’s Charge without “seeing” the North Carolina Monument charging up to those cannon. It was from that location that I began the sketches and compositional ideas for what would eventually become “To The Eternal Glory”.

Although Mr. Richter’s research indicates that the 26th North Carolina and other North Carolina regiments struck the wall farther north of Arnold’s Battery, it was in front of Arnold’s position that the North Carolina Historical Commission placed the 26th NC commemorative marker. Ultimately I decided to use that same location as the geographical focus for my final drawing because I felt that it created such a dramatic image, and there is no doubt that North Carolina troops struck the wall and took heavy casualties very close to that position.

It is my hope that this print is a fitting tribute “To the eternal glory of the North Carolina soldiers, who on this battlefield displayed heroism unsurpassed, sacrificing all.....” and that it honors the valor and courage of both sides, Americans then, Americans now, who embraced at that deadly encounter!

Paul R. Martin III
June 1996

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