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"The Soul Of Honor"

"The Soul Of Honor"
Meade Equestrian and Centennial Hall
Image Size 8" x 10"
Release Date: December 2001
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General George G. Meade Equestrian Monument
Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA

General A. S. Webb referred to General Meade as, “The soul of honor, the soldier, scholar and gentleman”

“The Soul Of Honor” depicts Meade’s equestrian monument in front of Centennial Hall at Fairmount Park. The Monument was unveiled in October of 1887. His friend and president of the Commissioners of Fairmount Park, the Honorary George H. Boker, spoke of Meade’s devotion to the Park in his dedication speech.

“Standing here with the beautiful park which he loved so well stretching about us, growing more and more into beauty with the passing seasons, let me recall to you the fact that General Meade was a member of our commission from its origin until the day of his death. To him more than to any other single man, we owe the admirable arrangement of the drives, the rides and the walks of our spacious public pleasure grounds. Early and late, in fair weather and in foul, the stately form of General Meade was seen, mounted or on foot, studying the topography of what used to be the park, planning the various ways of access to its best features, blending together its incongruous details and reducing all to that harmony, which was pictured within his own cultural imagination.”

The monument was sculpted by Alexander Milne Calder after a design competition announced in 1880. 16 designs were received and Calder won first prize although his second redesigned sculpture was the one commissioned and erected. Starting in 1884, it took Mr. Calder 2 1/2 years to sculpt the statue. It was cast by Henri Bonnard in New York City. Calder rendered General Meade sharply reining in his horse. Gazing out across the landscape, it has been noted that Meade is looking off into the distance toward his grave site in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

General John Gibbon remarked in his oration at the Dedication ceremony, “We are gathered here today, nearly fifteen years after this distinguished soldier crossed the great river, to inaugurate in his honor, this fitting memorial to his bravery and distinguished services as a soldier, his high toned honorable character as a man and his virtues and integrity as a citizen of this great republic.”

George Boker concluded in his speech that Meade would be remembered, “with the few great names that, in the lapse of endless time, will survive and keep alive the memory of our Civil War. Among them, one of the highest, the purist, and the most illustrious, will be that of George Gordon Meade”

At the dedication Speech of another Meade Memorial in Washington DC in October 1927, President Calvin Coolidge honored Meade, “Like most great soldiers he was devoted to peace not war........... The conflict in which he took such an important part has long since passed away. The peace which he loved has come. The reconciliation which he sought is complete. The loyalty to the flag which he followed is universal. Through all of this shines his own immortal fame.”

General George Gordon Meade, who won the greatest and most famous battle of the Civil War has long been overshadowed in history by the more romantic and exciting personalities of his peers. “The Soul Of Honor” is my tribute to General George Gordon Meade and my attempt to secure General Meade’s heroic and rightful place in the annuls of the War of the Rebellion and the history of the United States of America.

“The soul of Honor, the soldier, scholar and gentleman. He did his duty and is at rest.”

Paul R. Martin III
December 2, 2001

©2001 by Paul R. Martin III. Published by SILENT SENTINEL STUDIO, PO Box 551, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. (914) 245-8903

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