State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, announced the upcoming motorcycle Ride to Gettysburg will benefit, in part, a specific Pennsylvania monument on the Gettysburg Battlefield.
The funds raised from the annual ride generally go into the Pennsylvania Monuments Fund, a perpetual maintenance fund for all the Gettysburg monuments dedicated to Pennsylvanians, but this year, a portion of the funding will go to repair the 34th Pennsylvania 5th Reserves monument on Big Round Top.
“This dedication is a perfect match,” said Rep. Readshaw, who established the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project. “ABATE of Pennsylvania, the organizer of this annual ride, has long worked to preserve the memory of Pennsylvania’s role in the Civil War so that it is not forgotten.”
The 5th Pennsylvania Reserves, formed in June 1861, was one of the regiments of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps that was raised by the state to defend Pennsylvania from rebel forces. The reserves participated in multiple battles, including the Second Battle of Bull Run and Antietam. At Gettysburg, the regiment occupied Big Round Top during the evening of July 2, 1963 and held it. The monument is situated near the top of the hill and was dedicated in 1890 by the Commonwealth.
The Monuments Project was started in 1997 to fund desperately needed cleaning and repairs for the more than 140 monuments and markers on the battlefield that honor the heroism and sacrifice of the thousands of Pennsylvanians who fought in the epic clash that turned the tide in the Civil War in the Union’s favor.
The 13th annual ride will take place Sept. 28.
For more information, contact Rep. Readshaw’s Harrisburg office at 717-783-0411 or ABATE at 717-731-8955, or visit its website at www.abatepa.org.