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Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Confederate Statue

 
 
The Confederate Statue Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, June 28, 2008
1. The Confederate Statue Marker
Inscription. The unarmed Confederate soldier standing in the intersection of Washington and Prince Streets marks the location where units from Alexandria left to join the Confederate Army on May 24, 1861. The soldier is facing the battlefields to the South where his comrades fell during the War Between the States. The names of those Alexandrians who died in service for the Confederacy are inscribed on the base of the statue. The title of the sculpture is “Appomattox” by M. Casper Buberl.

The statue was erected in 1889 by the Robert E. Lee Camp, United Confederate Veterans.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans, and the Virginia, Old Town Alexandria marker series.
 
Location. 38° 48.231′ N, 77° 2.845′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of South Washington Street (Virginia Route 400) and Prince Street, on the right when traveling south on South Washington Street. Click for map. Marker is on the southwest corner, at the Lyceum. Statue is in the middle of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lyceum (a few steps from this marker); John Douglass Brown House
The Confederate Statue Marker and the Lyceum Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, June 28, 2008
2. The Confederate Statue Marker and the Lyceum
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brigadier General Montgomery D. Corse, CSA (about 600 feet away); Beulah Baptist Church (about 700 feet away); Washington's Tenement House (about 700 feet away); Stabler-Leadbeater House (about 700 feet away); Friendship Fire Company (about 700 feet away); Alfred Street Baptist Church (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Regarding The Confederate Statue. From the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System: “The Robert E. Lee Camp introduced legislation into the Virginia House of Delegates, Jan. 9, 1890, to ensure that the statue would never be moved from its location, in the middle of the intersection of Prince and South Washington Streets. Numerous attempts were made in the late 20th century to remove the statue on the grounds either that it was an offensive reminder of slavery, or simply that its location in the middle of an intersection was impractical. After the base had suffered nicks from passing automobiles for several years, a van hit the monument in Aug. 1988
The Confederate Monument Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, June 28, 2008
3. The Confederate Monument
Inscription reads “Erected to the memory of the Confederate dead of Alexandria Va. by their surviving comrades, May 24th, 1889.” On the base it reads “This monument marks the spot from which the Alexandria troops left to join the Confederate forces. May 24, 1861.”
and knocked the statue off its base. The statue and base were temporarily relocated while the base was restored. After much controversy over whether the statue should be permanently relocated, the statue and base were reinstalled at their original location.

“The statue was designed by John Adams Elder, modeled after the figure in his painting ‘Appomattox,’ which depicts a Confederate soldier viewing the battlefields after the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox, Virginia on April 9, 1865.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Confederate “Appomattox” Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. Short essay and photographs by Willard Sturgill. “To ensure that the statue would not be moved at some future date, the UCV had legislation introduced into the Virginia House of Delegates which passed on January 9th, 1890 and which reads in part: ‘And whereas it is the desire of the said Robert E. Lee camp of Confederate Veterans and also the citizens and inhabitants of said City of Alexandria that such a monument shall remain in its present position as a perpetual and lasting testimonial to the courage, fidelity and patriotism of the heroes in whose memory it was erected… the permission so given by the said City Council of Alexandria for its erection shall not be repealed, revoked, altered, modified, or changed
Confederate Monument, South Washington Street, Alexandria, Va. Photo, Click for full size
J. J. Prats Postcard Collection
4. Confederate Monument, South Washington Street, Alexandria, Va.
Postcard has no legend on back. It is a "genuine Curteich-Chicago ‘C.T. Art-Colorone’ post card" in the B.S. Reynolds Co. (Washington D.C.) scenic art series, No. 6 B-H623. Compare with Photo 5.
by any future Council or other municipal power or authority.’ ” (Submitted on June 28, 2008.) 

2. Confederate Monument Postcards. Postcards in the Alexandria Public Library collection. Click on each image to enlarge. (Submitted on June 28, 2008.) 

3. The Confederate Statue. “The dedication ceremony was held on May 24, 1889. Virginia Governor Fitzhugh Lee, formerly a major general of cavalry in the Army of Northern Virginia and a nephew of General Robert E. Lee, delivered the dedicatory address. The Alexandria Gazette recorded the event: ‘The population was soon doubled by the large influx of visitors and former residents from every part of the compass. . . In addition to the extraordinarily large number landed by boat, parties from the neighboring counties in carriages and all sorts of vehicles poured into the streets from early morning and by noon the neighborhood of the statue was packed by a huge mass of humanity.’ ” (Submitted on June 28, 2008.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. List of Names on Base of Statue
(west side)
Seventeenth Virginia Infantry

Company A — Capt. A.J. Humphreys, Sgt. Addison Saunders, Sgt. W. T. Morrill, Corp. J.H.L. Sangster, Frank Abbot, E.V. Fairfax, Robt. H. Green, Eph. Hartley, Hugh S. Hite, L.L. Hutchinson, R.
The Confederate Soldier Observes the Traffic on Washington Street Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, June 28, 2008
5. The Confederate Soldier Observes the Traffic on Washington Street
Conrad Johnson, Daniel M. Lee, Samuel McMurran, T.A. Patiow, Thos. R. Sangster, John N. Swann

Company E - Sgt. Jas A. Proctor, Corp. W.M. Harper, Corp. Jas. E. Molair, Corp. Gee. T. Warfield, Jno. Allison, Jos. Bushby, Jos. Calmes, Jno. T. Cook, B.F. Emerson, Jno. Greenwood, H. Kidwell, W.T. Padgett, Jos. Penn, A.E. Skidmore, Jos. Williams, A. Woolls

Company G - Lieut. W.E. Gray, Lieut. Saml. B. Paul, Lieut. Jno. F. Addison, Sgt. Jas. W. Ivor, Corp. P. Doyle, D. Dohoney, P. Harrington, Jno. Horrigan, Jas. Keating, Jno. Murphy, Wm. Purcell

Company H - Lieut. Thos. V. Fitzhugh, Sgt. W. H. Boyer, Sgt. W.A. Lovelace, Corp. E.G. Barbour, Jas. E. Grimes, Corp. W.H.H. Smith, J.W. Baldwin, F.S. Ballenger, C.P. Ballenger, E.S. Beacham, R.E. Buchanan, Chas. R. Burgess, W.A. Castleman, Hayden Fewell, Wm. J. Higdon, P. Lannon, W.H. Lunt, D. McDermont, Jno. T. Mills, Jno. S, Murray, B.F. Padgett, Wm. Terrett, Monroe Whittington

Company I - Jno. S. Hart, A. Gousher, Jno. Slemmer

(east side)
Alexandria Artillery — Ed. Calmes, E. Frank Elliott, Jas. Greenwood, P. Foster, W. Harding, Thos. Murphey, Richard Owens, T. A. Petty, Robt. Posey,

Col. Wm. Orton Williams, C.S.A.; Col. Lewellyn Powell, C.S. Arty; Lt. Col. S.W. Presstman, Eng. Corps; Lt. Col. W.F. Lee, 33rd Va. Infty.; Maj. Johnston de Lagnel, Arty., P.A.C.S.; Lieut.
The Confederate Monument Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, June 28, 2008
6. The Confederate Monument
Names of the Confederate dead of Alexandria are inscribed on the east and west faces of the base.
Harry White, Co. D., Scruggs Bat.; Lieut. Benj. King, 13th La. Infty.; Lieut. A. J. Arnold, Co. F. 5th Va. Infty.; Sgt. W. Craig Page, Co. B., 2nd Md. Infty.; Eugene Webster, Eng. Corps; Randolph Fairfax, Rockbridge Arty.; H. J. Brent, Stribling’s Arty.; Wilson Turner, Horse Arty.; Thos. B. Turner, Horse Arty.; Peter Crane, Co. H. 4th Va. Cav.; Robt. E. Crosen, Co H. 4th Va. Cav.; Mont. Brent, Co. A., 6th Va. Cav.; C. L. Powell, Jr., Fed’sburg Arty.; Jas. Foard, Letcher Arty.; Lloyd Powell, Co. F., 2nd Va. Infty.; Benj. Swann; James W. Jackson.

James W. Jackson’s name was added to the east side of the statue in 1900. He was the proprietor of the Marshall House who was killed on May 24, 1861, during the occupation of the city.
    — Submitted June 28, 2008.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Confederate Soldier Faces South Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, June 28, 2008
7. The Confederate Soldier Faces South
Inscription on north face of base reads “They died in the consciousness of duty faithfully performed.”
The Confederate Soldier Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, June 28, 2008
8. The Confederate Soldier
The Confederate Soldier Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, June 28, 2008
9. The Confederate Soldier
The Confederate Statue Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, June 28, 2008
10. The Confederate Statue
“Appomattox” by Caspar Buberl (1834–1899). 1889 bronze is approx 8 feet tall on a 10½ foot granite base.
 
 
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