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Richmond Howitzers Monument

 
 
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By Kevin W., November 27, 2008
1. Richmond Howitzers Monument Marker
Inscription.
To commemorate
the deeds and services
of
The Richmond Howitzers
of the period
1861-1865

[On south side of granite base, on the bronze emblem of the Richmond Howitzers]:
Cita Mors Aut Victoria Laeta 1859

[On north side of granite base, on bronze emblem of the Confederacy]:
From Bethel to Appomattox

 
Erected 1892 by The Richmond Howitzer Association.
 
Location. 37° 32.921′ N, 77° 27.304′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is on Park Avenue near Harrison Street. Touch for map. Marker is in a triangular plot of land bordered by Park Avenue, Harrison Street, and Grove Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23220, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Equal Suffrage League of Virginia (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monroe Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart (approx. 0.3 miles away);
Richmond Howitzers Monument Marker (south side) image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., November 27, 2008
2. Richmond Howitzers Monument Marker (south side)
CITA MORS AUT VICTORIA LAETA
(Latin for Quick death or glorious victory)
This is the emblem of the Richmond Howitzers. It depicts two crossed cannon barrels encircled by a laurel wreath.
Site of Richmond College (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jacob House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lee (approx. half a mile away); Grace Evelyn Arents (approx. half a mile away); Confederate Memorial Pyramid (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. A standing figure of a Civil War artillery soldier holding a cannon tamper in his right hand and his hat in his left. By his feet is a shattered artillery shell.
 
Regarding Richmond Howitzers Monument. Organized in 1859, the artillery soldiers of the Richmond Howitzers were among the first to see action during the Civil War. The emblem of the Richmond Howitzers, on the south side of the base is inscribed with a Latin phrase which translates as "Quick death or glorious victory." The Howitzer Association formed in December 1891 to erect a monument to honor the deeds and services of fallen
Richmond Howitzers Monument Marker (north side) image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., November 27, 2008
3. Richmond Howitzers Monument Marker (north side)
From Bethel to Appomattox
Included here is the emblem of the Confederacy, depicting a shield crossed with two rows of stars and encircled by a laurel wreath.
Howitzer soldiers.

The sculpture was designed by William L. Sheppard, a former officer in the Howitzers, and was executed in bronze by Caspar Buberl. The $4,000 cost of the monument was funded mainly through contributions by the Howitzers. The small triangular plot of land where the monument is installed was donated by Richmond's city council.
 
Additional comments.
1. Prof. Frederick William Nicholls Crouch Author, Buglar of Howitzers 1861-1865
My great grandfather served as Buglar and canoneer Co A Richmond Howitzers 1861-1865. He was the author of "Kathleen Mavourneen" a favored song of the South and to this day. It was the theme song of the movie "Gettysburg". His daughter Emma Elizabeth Crouch aka "Cora Pearl" famous courtesan of the 19th Century. He is buried at "Confederate Hill" Loudon Cemetery in Baltimore with honors.
    — Submitted August 22, 2011, by Frederick William Nicholls Crouch of Maidens, Virginia, USA.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Kevin W., November 27, 2008
4. Richmond Howitzers Monument Marker
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By Kevin W., November 27, 2008
5. Richmond Howitzers Monument Marker
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By Kevin W., November 27, 2008
6. Richmond Howitzers Monument Marker
Howitzer Monument (Park Ave. and Harrison St., Richmond, Va. image. Click for full size.
By Southern Bargain House, Richmond, Va., circa 1923
7. Howitzer Monument (Park Ave. and Harrison St., Richmond, Va.
This characteristic monument represents a typical artillerymen at 'Position No. One.' It was unveiled Dec. 13, 1892, and is an excellent example of the work of W.L. Sheppard, a gifted sculptor of Richmond, Va. The Howitzers were organized in Richmond in November, 1859, and saw their first service during the days of the John Brown excitement. The original armament of the organization (and hence its name) consisted of mounted naval or boat howitzers, drawn by the cannoneers. The battalion eagerly embraced the cause of the Confederacy at the out-break of the Civil War, and rendered gallant and effective services throughout the entire period of that conflict. VCU Libraries Digital Collections - Rarely Seen Richmond
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 29, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,538 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 29, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   7. submitted on May 10, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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