Return Visit - Gettysburg, PA
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N 39° 49.841 W 077° 13.847
18S E 309102 N 4411346
Quick Description: A historical marker in downtown Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 2/26/2021 4:06:23 PM
Waymark Code: WM13W08
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:
The plaque is located on the southeast of Route 30 and Route 15 in downtown Gettysburg. It is located about a mile north of the battlefield and where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous "Gettysburg Address". He stayed at this building (now a museum) while he was in town for his event, shortly after the end of the Civil War in 1863.

The plaque says, "Commissioned by the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, J. Seward Johnson, Jr.'s Return Visit is the most true-to-life statue of Abraham Lincoln ever created. An 1865 cast of Lincoln's face by Clark Mills, and an 1860 cast of Lincoln's hands by Leonard Volk defined the starting point of Johnson's work. He sculpted Lincoln and then dressed the statue with a replica suit and coat, patterned from clothing once worn by the President. The shoes are based on an outline made by Lincoln's immigrant boot-maker, Pennsylvania Peter Khaler.

The bronze Lincoln points with his hat toward the second floor of the Wills House, where he probably finished writing his Gettysburg Address. A late-twentieth-century tourist's eyes follow the President's uplifted hand. At the November 19, 1991 dedication, sculptor J. Seward Johnson remarked,
"I grew to feel Lincoln, the man, the individual.... a person of great dignity and vision.... I wanted him here on the sidewalk within our reach. That's why I have done my best to bring Lincoln to the likeness of life.... to live amongst us and among the coming generations of Americans. We welcome him back here today, to breathe new life into his message of equality and dignity for us all.""
Location Type: Historic Marker

Property Type: Public

Date of Event: Not listed

Location Notes: Not listed

URL for Additional Information: Not listed

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