Jan 10

This statue of General Dwight D. Eisenhower is at the Hall of President’s Museum on the Baltimore Pike. This view was taken facing west at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

One of the great things about living in Gettysburg is being able to walk from one historic location to another. One can even pick out subjects or themes to connect while walking through the streets. Today we’ll show you some statues of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

An Eisenhower statue and an Eisenhower bust are located at the front of the Hall of Presidents Museum, which is the white building with the columns. The Homestead, which was once the home of the Soldiers National Orphanage, is to the right of the Hall of Presidents Museum. The photographer is standing on East Cemetery Hill, looking across the Gettysburg Battlefield Tour parking lot towards the buildings. This view was taken facing west at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

The Baltimore Pike runs in front of the buildings.  This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

The Hall of Presidents building was the site of the Dr. David Study home at the time of the battle. Study was born in Maryland and was a surgeon. He was 53 years old at the time of the battle and was the 50th wealthiest person in Gettysburg, according to the 1860 census. In 1860 he was shown as living only with 24 year old Angeline Leister. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

The Eisenhower statue is on the right. The Eisenhower bust is between two columns. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

The Baltimore Pike tops Cemetery Hill in the left background. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

The Eisenhower statue depicts June, 1944 when Eisenhower was the Supreme Allied Commander during World War II. It is titled, “Okay, Let’s Go,” when he made the decision for the invasion of Normandy and D-Day. This view was taken facing south at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

The statue is based on this photograph of Ike when he greeted paratroopers of the 101st Airborne and gave them a pep talk. This photo was taken at Greenham Common Airfield in England about 8:30 p.m. on June 5, 1944. It is courtesy of the Library of Congress.

“Full victory-nothing else” were the words Ike said to the paratroopers just before they boarded their airplanes to participate in the first assault in the invasion of the continent of Europe.  Eisenhower met with Co. E, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment (Strike) of the 101st Airborne Division.  This view was taken facing west at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

The plaque on the front of the monument. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.
As President of the United States, Eisenhower ordered the 101st Airborne into Little Rock, Arkansas to desegregate Central High School. This view was taken facing west at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

The bust is beneath the overhang on the front of the building. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

Eisenhower is depicted as a five star general. This view was taken facing west at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

In all, four Army generals, four Navy admirals, and one Air Force/Army Air Corps general have held the rank of five star general. This view was taken facing south at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

The Army’s five star generals were General George C. Marshall, General Douglas MacArthur, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, and General Omar N. Bradley.This view was taken facing east at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

The Navy’s five-star fleet admirals were Admiral William D. Leahy, Admiral Ernest J. King, Admiral Chester Nimitz, and Admiral William F. “Bull” Halsey. Henry “Hap” Arnold was the Air Force/Army Air Corps General with five star rank. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

Following his term as President of the United States, Eisenhower began to use this building on the campus of Gettysburg College as his office. He would usually arrive at 8:00 AM and wrote three book, letters and magazine articles during his time here. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

Ike would take breaks during the day, but would usually not leave the office for good until five o’clock. This view was taken facing west at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

In the front of the building is a plaque to Eisenhower. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

A closer view of the plaque. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

Following Eisenhower’s death in March, 1969, the college’s Board of Trustees named the building “The Dwight David Eisenhower House,” and commissioned this statue of the President. This view was taken facing west at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.
The statue was based on this photograph of Eisenhower on the Gettysburg Battlefield. The photo was used on the cover of Eisenhower’s book, At Ease: Stories I Tell to Friends, which was published in 1967 and became a best-seller. This view was taken by Alex Gotfryd.

The creation of the statue was made possible by funding provided by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Simpson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This view was taken facing north at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

The Simpsons participated in the unveiling ceremony on October 14, 1970. This view was taken facing north at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

The official title of the work is “Eisenhower at Gettysburg.” This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

The sculptor was Gettysburg art professor Norman Annis. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

The work on the statue was done in the art department of Gettysburg College and in a studio that Mr. Annis owned on York Street. This view was taken facing west at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

The casting of the statue was performed near Rome, Italy, and it was shipped back by air two weeks before the unveiling ceremony and office dedication. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012.
Eisenhower’s 1967 memoirs, At Ease: Stories I Tell to Friends


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