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This Day in Georgia History

March 28, 1961

Civil War Monuments Authorized

Gov. Ernest Vandiver signed a joint resolution of the General Assembly directing the construction and erection of monuments at Gettysburg and Antietam to honor Georgians killed in battle. The action came in conjunction with the Civil War Centennial and was prompted by the fact that Georgia was the only southern state without a memorial at either battlefield. Identical 15 1/2-foot-tall monuments of Georgia blue granite were sculpted by Harry Sellers of Marietta Memorials. At the top of the shaft is the word “GEORGIA” over the state seal. Lower on the shaft is the inscription, “Georgia Confederate Soldiers, We sleep here in obedience; When duty called, we came; When Countdry called, we died.” The Antietam monument was dedicated Sept. 20, 1961, with the Gettysburg monument dedicated the following day.