October 23, 2017
The Agile Tour at AgilePhilly
( We moved the date from October 16 )
Philly hails her victor of Gettysburg,
General George Gordon Meade, of course.
And that fine soul so dear serving under him . . .
His nickname - Old Baldy - his Horse.
Five days ago, it was the 130th anniversary of the Statue of General Meade that is in Fairmount Park near the Please Touch Museum. Suitable suggestions on how to commemorate this are encouraged, starting with signing the petition to move his statue to City Hall.
The statue went up fifteen years after Meade’s death, in front of several thousand people and many Civil War veterans, on October 18th, 1887.
After the dedication, the Fairmount Park Art Association held a gala at the Union League downtown with six hundred guests including General Meade’s West Point classmates, a number of his personal staff and aids, and many who had served under him when he commanded the Army of the Potomac. General Meade's most remembered accomplishment was his defeat of General Robert E Lee at Gettysburg on July 4th, 1863.
The theme of this year's Agile Tour is