General Galusha Pennypacker Memorial (1934)

by Albert Laessle (1877 - 1954)

Photo Caption: Photo Kasey McCarver © 2018 for the Association for Public Art
  • Title

    General Galusha Pennypacker Memorial

  • Artist

    Albert Laessle (1877 - 1954)

  • Year


  • Location

    Logan Square Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 19th Street

  • Medium

    Bronze, on limestone base

  • Dimensions

    Height 10′ 8”, width 7'6" (base height 4′, width 8'2")

  • Themes

    The Civil War, Military Generals, The Animal Kingdom

Commissioned by the State of Pennsylvania and the Pennypacker Memorial Commission

Owned by the City of Philadelphia

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At A Glance

  • Pennypacker was a native of Chester County, PA and the youngest general to serve in the Civil War

  • The basic concept for the sculpture was by Charles Grafly

  • Grafley could not complete the project, so it was passed on to Albert Laessle

Galusha Pennypacker, a native of Chester County, Pennsylvania, became at age 22* the youngest general to serve in the Civil War. After the Civil War he served in the South and on the western frontier before retiring to Philadelphia. The General Pennypacker Memorial Committee sponsored this monument in collaboration with the State Art Commission.

The basic concept was developed by Charles Grafly (1862-1929), a sculpture instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) who had studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Among his students at PAFA were Paul Manship, Walker Hancock, Albin Polasek, and  Beatrice Fenton. In addition to his sculptures for the Smith Memorial, he created a massive statue of General Meade for Washington D.C.

But Grafly could not complete the Pennypacker project, so it was passed on to his student and assistant, Albert Laessle, who was already known in Philadelphia for his Billy in Rittenhouse Square and his Penguins at the Zoo.

General Galusha Pennypacker Memorial by Albert Laessle
Photo Caitlin Martin © 2012 for the Association for Public Art

In keeping with the Beaux-Arts tradition, the monument portrays the youthful general in classical costume. With energetic determination the figure strides forward on top of a gun carriage flanked by two tigers.

Adapted from Public Art in Philadelphia by Penny Balkin Bach (Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 1992).

*There is historical debate over Pennypacker’s exact birth year, which ranges from 1842 to 1844, depending on the source. The Chester County Historical Society offers some insight about this issue here.

Voices heard in the Museum Without Walls: AUDIO program: Eric Berg (1945-2020) was a sculptor who lived in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Anna O. Marley is Curator of Historical American Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum. Frances H. Kennedy is editor and principal contributor of The Civil War Battlefield. | Segment Producer: Sarah Lilley

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