Seattle in King County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
United Confederate Veterans Memorial
United Confederate Veterans
1861 - 1865
Erected 1926 by Robert E. Lee Chapter Number 885 United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy series list.
Location. Marker has been reported damaged. 47° 38.06′ N, 122° 18.856′ W. Marker is in Seattle, Washington, in King County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Seattle WA 98112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. The Reverend George Whitworth Grave (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boeing's Lake Union Seaplane Hangar (approx. 0.9 miles away); 1890 Seattle Fire Department Bell (approx. one mile away); Pantages House (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Old Shell House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Naval Training Station Seattle (approx. 1.1 miles away); George Ward HouseBroadway High School (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seattle.
More about this memorial. Located in Lake View Cemetery, this is the only Confederate war memorial in the Pacific Northwest and accessible during daylight hours. There are 11 Confederate war veterans interred here. This monument also contains a time capsule underneath its base.
There is another Civil War memorial located just yards to the north and part of a Union Civil War veterans cemetery created by chapter members of the Grand Army of the Republic in the late 1890s.
The Daughters imported the 10-ton slab of Georgia granite to create this doorway-like structure from Stone Mountain, Georgia (where the largest bas-relief in the world is carved—a memorial depicting President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson). The memorial is comprised of two stone columns and topped by a pediment. Bronze details adorn the monument including a Southern cross, stars and bars, and a plaque of Robert E. Lee’s face (they were removed by protesters in 2005 but later restored).
Regarding United Confederate Veterans Memorial. [Note by submitter, August 8, 2018] This Confederate veterans war memorial came into the spotlight in August, 2017 along with other Confederate war memorials throughout the country, after protests following the removal of a Robert E. Lee Confederate memorial in Charlottesville, Virginia. Petitions signed by citizens throughout Seattle focused on the removal of this war memorial as a symbol of hate and racial divide and a constant reminder of Seattle's early history of white supremacy.
One year later, this war memorial still stands in Lake View Cemetery, mainly because it's on private property owned by the Lake View Cemetery Association. The public outcries for its removal have subsided (for now) but there is always the potential for certain individuals to bring this monument of controversial history back into the spotlight if/when the next racial uprising takes place somewhere in our country.
The monument was toppled and vandalized on July 4, 2020.
Also see . . . Why is a Confederate memorial in Seattle? A Q and A about its creation(Submitted on August 8, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 8, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 145 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 8, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.