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Confederate Memorial 1861-1865

Jacksonville, Florida

 
 
Jacksonville Confederate Monument, east face image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2012
1. Jacksonville Confederate Monument, east face
Inscription.  
(East face)
To the Soldiers of Florida
T
his shaft is by a comrade raised in testimony of his love, recalling deeds immortal, heroism unsurpassed.
  With ranks unbroken, ragged, starved and decimated the southern soldier, for duty's sake, undaunted stood to the front of battle until no light remained to illumine the field of carnage, save the lustre of his chivalry and courage.

"Nor shall your glory be forgot
While Fame her record keeps,
Or honor points the hollowed spot
Where Valor proudly sleeps."

(South face)
Plaque is a bust of J. J. Dickinson, dressed in the uniform of a Confederate officer, including a hat with feathers. Above him, the pediment is decorated with two crossed sabres and a bugle.
Tried and True.
J.J. Dickinson

(West face)
Relief plaque of a battle scene, with troops on horseback and on foot. Above them are two crossed cannons.
Our Heroes.
God Bless Our Country
1898

(North face)
Plaque depicts a bust of E. Kirby Smith,
Jacksonville Confederate Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2012
2. Jacksonville Confederate Monument Marker
George H. Mitchell, sculptor; Venable & Collins, contractor
also in military uniform. Above him are two crossed rifles.

A Christian Soldier.
E. Kirby Smith

 
Erected 1898.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. Marker has been permanently removed. It was located near 30° 19.757′ N, 81° 39.556′ W. Marker was in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker was on W Duval Street near N Laura Street, on the left when traveling west. This Confederate Memorial was located in Hemming Park Plaza. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Jacksonville FL 32202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. 1960 Civil Rights Demonstration (within shouting distance of this marker); John Fitzgerald Kennedy (within shouting distance of this marker); Jacksonville's 1901 Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); Jacksonville Public Library (within shouting distance of this marker); King’s Road Meets Apalache Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); John Milton Bryan Simpson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jacksonville Young Mens Christian Association (about 300 feet away); Greenleaf & Crosby Bldg. (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
Regarding Confederate Memorial 1861-1865. Description:
Jacksonville Confederate Monument, south face; bust of J. J. Dickinson image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2012
3. Jacksonville Confederate Monument, south face; bust of J. J. Dickinson
A tall shaft, with at the top a young Confederate soldier of bronze, and at the bottom a rectangular base with four relief panels and pediment carvings. At the top, the soldier stands at parade rest, with both arms resting on the barrel of his rifle, the butt of which is on the ground in front of his proper right foot. He wears a visored cap, a great-coat and short cape which appears to ruffle in the wind.

The base is decorated with relief plaques on each side. The front plaque is a bust of J. J. Dickinson, dressed in the uniform of a Confederate officer, including a hat with feathers. Above him, the pediment is decorated with two crossed sabres and a bugle. The rear base plaque depicts a bust of E. Kirby Smith, also in military uniform. Above him are two crossed rifles. One side of the base has a text inscription plaque, with pediment decoration of two crossed oars and an anchor. The other side of the base has a relief plaque of a battle scene, with troops on horseback and on foot. Above them are two crossed cannons. The entire monument sits in a rectangular pool."
(From the Smithsonian Art Inventory Number FL000680)
 
Also see . . .  Confederate Monument. Hemming Park 1899 The unveiling ceremony took place on June 16, 1898, and coincided with the reunion in Jacksonville of the UCV’s Florida Division. (Submitted on September 26, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Jacksonville Confederate Monument, west face; relief plaque of a battle scene image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2012
4. Jacksonville Confederate Monument, west face; relief plaque of a battle scene
 
 
Additional comments.
1. Verse on East face
"Nor shall your glory be forgot
While Fame her record keeps,
Or Honor points the hallowed spot
Where Valor proudly sleeps."
Lines 61-64 from T. O'Hara's Bivouac of the Dead Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted September 26, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
 
Jacksonville Confederate Monument, north face; bust of E. Kirby Smith image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2012
5. Jacksonville Confederate Monument, north face; bust of E. Kirby Smith
Jacksonville's 1901 Fire image. Click for full size.
By Metro Jacksonville, circa 1901
6. Jacksonville's 1901 Fire
Hemming Park after the fire. The Confederate monument in Hemming Park was one of the few structures to survive. Many witnesses claim that the base had a red glow during the fire.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 26, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 767 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 1, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6. submitted on August 6, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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