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

Charlottesville

Confederate Heroes Remembered

 
 
Confederate Heroes Remembered Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jeremy Prats, August 24, 2006
1. Confederate Heroes Remembered Marker
Inscription. Lee and Jackson Parks contain two of Charlottesville's fine examples of public sculpture, gifts of benefactor Paul Goodloe McIntire (1860-1952). The Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson statue was dedicated in 1921,the Robert E. Lee statue in 1924. Depicting the Confederacy's two greatest heroes and executed by nationally prominent sculptors, the statues and parks exemplify both the contemporary desire to honor the South's heroes and the widespread civic improvements of the early 20th century City Beautiful movement.

The statue of a Confederate common soldier in front of the Albemarle County Courthouse was erected in 1909. Dedicated in a huge public ceremony, it illustrates the desire across the South to memorialize those who fought for the Confederate cause. Money for the statue came from public appropriations and from citizens' gifts rather than from one donor. The statue itself was created by a Chicago supplier of such figures for many localities, South and North.

Charlottesville's location behind the battle lines kept it from significant military action during the Civil War, but the community made a great contribution as the site of major Confederate hospital activity. From the Battle of First Manassas on, wounded soldiers filled many University of Virginia buildings, local structures and private homes. The medical
Unveiling of the Jackson Monument, October 18, 1921. image. Click for full size.
By Jeremy Prats
2. Unveiling of the Jackson Monument, October 18, 1921.
school faculty, students and local citizens helped care for them. Several University and city buildings—called collectively the Charlottesville General Hospital—served as a large permanent hospital throughout the war. By war's end it had treated 21,450 cases; 1100 of those who died are buried in the Confederate Cemetery at the University.
 
Erected by Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 1.903′ N, 78° 28.844′ W. Marker is in Charlottesville, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of West Market Street and First Street, on the right when traveling west on West Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is in Lee Park, bounded by Market, 1st, 2nd, and Jefferson Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Charlottesville VA 22902, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robert Edward Lee Sculpture (a few steps from this marker); Paul Goodloe McIntire (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas Jonathan Jackson Sculpture (about 800 feet away); Gen. Alexander Archer Vandegrift (about 800 feet away);
Marker and Statue image. Click for full size.
By Jeremy Prats, August 24, 2006
3. Marker and Statue
Stone Tavern and Central Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlottesville.
 
Also see . . .  Lee Park. Page from the Charlottesville Park and Grounds website. (Submitted on August 29, 2006.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 28, 2006, by Jeremy Prats of Afton, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,858 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 28, 2006, by Jeremy Prats of Afton, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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