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

Robert E. Lee Monument

 
 
Robert E. Lee Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 21, 2007
1. Robert E. Lee Monument
While most monuments contains lengthy descriptions of the subject, this monument contains only the word "Lee," a tribute to the popularity of the Civil War General.
Inscription.  Lee
 
Erected 1890.
 
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.
 
Related markers.
Lee on Monument Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 21, 2007
2. Lee on Monument Avenue
The monument to Robert E. Lee was the first and is the largest on Monument Avenue.
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a tour of the monuments on “America’s Most Beautiful Boulevard.”
 
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.”

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.”
(Submitted on June 11, 2020.) 
Closeup of Robert E. Lee Statue image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 21, 2007
3. Closeup of Robert E. Lee Statue
The sculptor did not use the likeness of Traveler, General Lee's horse, in his sculpture. The horse depicted here is significantly larger than Traveler.

4. Wikipedia entry for this monument. (Submitted on June 11, 2020.)
 
Lee Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 21, 2007
4. Lee Monument
This photo was taken from the statue of J.E.B. Stuart, also on Monument Avenue.
An additional view of the Robert E. Lee statue looking toward the southeast along Monument Avenue. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, February 7, 2015
5. An additional view of the Robert E. Lee statue looking toward the southeast along Monument Avenue.
General R.E. Lee Monument and V.M.I. Cadets, Richmond, Va. image. Click for full size.
circa 1916
6. General R.E. Lee Monument and V.M.I. Cadets, Richmond, Va.
The Cadets of the Virginia Military Institute (the West Point of the South) are the pride of the whole state and are ready at the call of the Governor at all times. VCU Libraries Digital Collections - Rarely Seen Richmond
An additional marker near Lee Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, February 7, 2015
7. An additional marker near Lee Marker
This concrete block found just northwest of the Lee statue along Monument Avenue reads: "Monument Avenue Historic District has been designated a National Historic Landmark. This district possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America. This grand avenue retains a unique combination of commemorative sculpture, community planning and distinctive architecture from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 1997. National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior." and "Donated by the Historic Monument Avenue and Fan District Foundation to the City of Richmond."
 
 
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.
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