Gettysburg PA, Louisiana State Memorial, Bronze sculpture by Donald De Lue. The Louisiana Monument was dedicated on June 11, 1971 @ a cost of $100,000.
As De Lue explained that the angel is “Spirit Triumphant”, symbolizing the survival of the spirit and the ideas of these men that they did not die in vain. The eternal flame held in the other hand symbolizes the memory of these gallant men. It is the embodiment of the spirit that went into the Battle of Gettysburg with them.
When De Lue presented his idea for the memorial he had named it “Peace and Memory” and as he explained the the angel flies over the battlefield blowing the long, shrill clarion call on the trumpet over the long forgotten shallow graves of the Confederate dead. It is taps for the heroic dead at Gettysburg.
There is some debate as to the gender of the angel. some say it is a male, others a female. The Angel Spirit Triumphant has also been called the “Spirit of the Confederacy” and said to be Saint Barbara, the patron-saint of artillerymen because of the flaming cannonball she is holding in her right hand. St. Barbara lived in Asia Minor around 300 A.D. After she was converted to Christianity, her wealthy father had her condemned to death by beheading. After returning from the execution, he was said to be struck by a lightning bolt which incinerated his body. Because of his fate, Barbara came to be known as the patron to be called upon to protect one in a storm. With the invention of gunpowder, and frequent accidental explosions because of its use, Saint Barbara also became known as the patron-saint of artillery.