The statue of a lone soldier, caught mid-stride atop this monument's massive base, effectively serves as a visual metaphor for the great contribution made by this single regiment at the Battle of Gettysburg. A bronze plaque on the base of the monument graphically represents the Minnesotan's efforts to stem the Confederate tide of July 2nd. A group of trees nearby contains a marker commemorating the additional sacrifice by Minnesota to repel Pickett's charge.