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

George Washington

 
 
George Washington Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 21, 2012
1. George Washington Marker
Inscription.  
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia have caused this Statue to be erected as a monument of affection and gratitude to
George Washington
who uniting to the endowments of the Hero, the virtues of the Patriot, and exerting both in establishing the Liberties of his Country, has rendered his name dear to his Fellow Citizens, and given the world an immortal example of true Glory. Done in the year of Christ one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight and in the year of the Commonwealth the twelfth.
 
Erected 1856 by Commonwealth of Virginia.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series list.
 
Location. 37° 47.416′ N, 79° 26.109′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Virginia. Marker is on Letcher Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located on the grounds of the Virginia
George Washington Statue at VMI image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 21, 2012
2. George Washington Statue at VMI
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Military Institute, south of the barracks. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lexington VA 24450, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. VMI World War II Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Jackson’s Classroom (within shouting distance of this marker); Virginia Military Institute Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Barracks     The Virginia Military Institute (within shouting distance of this marker); General Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Cadet Battery (about 300 feet away); Little Sorrel (about 300 feet away); Virginia Military Institute (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
 
Regarding George Washington.
Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture, Smithsonian American Art Museum:
Control Number: IAS 55140005
Modeled Feb. 23, 1856. Cast 1856. Dedicated July 3, 1856. Rededicated Sept. 10, 1866.
Dimensions: Sculpture: approx. H. 6 ft.; Base: approx. H. 4 ft. W. 4 ft.
Remarks: Cast of Houdon's original marble figure which stands at the Virginia State Capitol. Hubard's bronze cast of the figure was originally erected at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Virginia. Union troops who had occupied Lexington in June 1864 took the bronze figure with them to Wheeling,
George Washington Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 21, 2012
3. George Washington Monument
West Virginia. The figure was returned to VMI in 1866, and rededicated Sept. 10, 1866, with Gov. Pierpont and Robert E. Lee in attendance.
 
Closeup of George Washington image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 21, 2012
4. Closeup of George Washington
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 451 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 23, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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