Ga. Monument may be moved

Published 1:46 pm Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Georgia State Memorial at the Vicksburg National Military Park is visible to passers-by on the park’s South Loop, but only if they happen to notice it.

Park officials want to change that.

Park Superintendent Michael Madell said it is only state monument in the park that isn’t readily accessible.

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Madell says one option being considered is to move the monument closer to the road.

The Georgia Memorial cost $7,500. It is identical to Georgia memorials at Gettysburg, Antietam and Kennesaw Mountain.

It consists of gray granite and stands about 18 feet high, exhibits the state seal and bears the inscription, “We sleep here in obedience to law; When duty called, we came, When country called, we died.”

The memorial was dedicated in October 1962.