Lexington, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia have caused this Statue to be erected as a monument of affection and gratitude to
Erected 1856 by Commonwealth of Virginia.
Location. 37° 47.416′ N, 79° 26.109′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Virginia. Marker is on Letcher Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the Virginia Military Institute, south of the barracks. Marker is in this post office area: Lexington VA 24450, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. VMI World War II Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Jackson’s Classroom (within shouting distance of this marker); Virginia Military Institute Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Barracks The Virginia Military Institute General Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stonewall Jackson (about 300 feet away); The Cadet Battery (about 300 feet away); Little Sorrel (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Lexington.
Regarding George Washington.
Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture, Smithsonian American Art Museum:
Control Number: IAS 55140005
Modeled Feb. 23, 1856. Cast 1856. Dedicated July 3, 1856. Rededicated Sept. 10, 1866.
Dimensions: Sculpture: approx. H. 6 ft.; Base: approx. H. 4 ft. W. 4 ft.
Remarks: Cast of Houdon's original marble figure which stands at the Virginia State Capitol. Hubard's bronze cast of the figure was originally erected at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Virginia. Union troops who had occupied Lexington in June 1864 took the bronze figure with them to Wheeling, West Virginia. The figure was returned to VMI in 1866, and rededicated Sept. 10, 1866, with Gov. Pierpont and Robert E. Lee in attendance.
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