Atop the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry monument on the Gettysburg Battlefield stands a soldier, rifle at the ready, prepared to defend against a Rebel assault. He’s one of many bronze figures reenacting across the centuries the small victories and tragedies played out on those three days at Gettysburg. This seemingly solitary figure is not alone. On the front of the monument, facing away from the road, lies the small bronze figure of a dog. Vigilant in repose, she looks over the fields, an enduring symbol of the loyalty between soldiers and their dogs. Today’s soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq also know the companionship and affection of dogs, as our soldiers have known in all our wars. But when America’s own Civil War wrenched apart families and communities, devastated cities, towns and countryside, and nearly destroyed the nation, the dogs helped to support the soldiers’ morale in the bleakest of times, strengthening their resolve and inspiring the soldiers by their own courage and faithfulness. In this 150th anniversary year of the war, as we remember the soldiers’ sacrifices, let us also remember these loyal dogs of war.