Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Robert E. Lee Monument
Topics and series. This memorial monument is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list.
Location. Marker has been damaged. 37° 33.23′ N, 77° 27.608′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Memorial is at the intersection of Monument Avenue and N Allen Avenue, in the median on Monument Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23220, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. First Regiment of Virginia Infantry (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Richmond College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hartshorn Memorial College (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Equal Suffrage League of Virginia (approx. 0.4 miles away); Richmond Howitzers Monument (approx. half a mile away); Maggie Lena Walker (approx. half a mile away); Jefferson Davis (approx. half a mile away); Richmond Professional Institute (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
More about this monument. Bronze by Marius Jean Antonin Mercie (1845-1916) is 21 feet high on a 40 foot granite and marble base. The sculpture cost nearly $17,000 and the base cost between $10,000 and $12,000. The base was designed by architect Paul Pujol and was executed by James Netherwood. The sculpture was exhibited in Paris before being dismantled and shipped to Richmond. —Smithsonian Art Inventories Catalog.
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Also see . . .
1. Robert E. Lee. Biography of Lee from ‘The Men Behind the Myth: Who's Who Among Confederate Heroes’ webpage. (Submitted on June 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Robert Edward Lee (1807-1870). Civil War Biography page. (Submitted on June 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. Robert E. Lee opposed Confederate monuments. 2017 story by Lisa Desjardins on the PBS News Hour. Excerpt:
“It’s often forgotten that Lee himself, after the Civil War, opposed monuments, specifically Confederate war monuments,” said Jonathan Horn, the author of the Lee biography, “The Man Who Would Not Be Washington.”(Submitted on June 11, 2020.)
In his writings, Lee cited multiple reasons for opposing such monuments, questioning the cost of a potential Stonewall Jackson monument, for example. But underlying it all was one rationale: That the war had ended, and the South needed to move on and avoid more upheaval. ...
“Lee believed countries that erased visible signs of civil war recovered from conflicts quicker,” Horn said. “He was worried that by keeping these symbols alive, it would keep the divisions alive.”
4. Wikipedia entry for this monument. (Submitted on June 11, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,079 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 5. submitted on February 15, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 6. submitted on May 10, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 7. submitted on February 15, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.