GDG- Statues and state houses

Michael DiLauro madpd2001 at
Mon Jan 9 12:47:41 CST 2012

The "new" RI Statehouse (1904) has the Gettysburg Gun and the Bull Run Gun on opposite sides of the foyer as you come in from the main entrance on Smith Street. Both have pretty good signage / explanations. They were used by RI Light Artillery Battery B & Battery A, resp.
There are many Civil War and later battle flags in cases behind each weapon. They are in deplorable condition although well marked. I have not seen any Confederate flags.
The 'Old' Statehouse, where RI declared its independence from Great Britain on 5/4/76 is nearby. There are huge stone pedestals outside with the names 'Gettysburg' and 'Bull Run' on them. It is where the aforementioned guns were eventually placed upon their return to RI until the elements started having their way and they went inside, probably 1904 or shortly thereafter.
The new statehouse is an extraordinarily beautiful building, reminiscent of the old PA Station in NYC if you were around and remember that, which stands to reason - both were designed by Stanford White's architectural firm and around the same time. It is well worth a visit.
Mike DiLauro

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