George Gordon Meade and Barnegat Lighthouse

By Brianna Kirk ’15

Tucked away off the coast of central New Jersey on the small stretch of land called Long Beach Island is a little piece of Civil War history. It is here that a largely unknown monument highlights a figure so well known by those four hours away in the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg. I have been visiting Long Beach Island since I was young, and yet had no knowledge of this Civil War connection that had been staring me in the face until my mother enthusiastically shouted to me, “Brianna! Gettysburg!” As I climbed the sandy hill towards a monument somewhat removed from the beaten path, I was shocked at what the monument was for, but more importantly, at the man to whom it was dedicated.

George Meade monument, Long Beach Island. Image courtesy of Susan Kirk.
George Meade monument, Long Beach Island. Image courtesy of Susan Kirk.

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