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Richmond County Confederate Monument, (sculpture)

Catalog Data

Markwalter, T.  Search this
Fontana, Antonio  Search this
VanGunder and Young  Search this
Benson, Berry  Search this
Lee, Robert E  Search this
Jackson, Stonewall  Search this
Walker, William Henry T  Search this
Cobb, Thomas R. R  Search this
Figures: Carrara marble; Base: Georgia granite; Foundation: brick
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Administered by City of Augusta City Engineer 530 Green Street, 7th Floor Augusta Georgia 30901
Located 700 block of Broad Street Augusta Georgia
Dedicated Oct. 31, 1878
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Georgia survey, 1994.
Image on file.
Widener, Ralph W., "Confederate Monuments: Enduring Symbols of the South and the War Between the States," Washington, D. C.: Andromeda Associates, 1982, pg. 44.
(On front of base, incised lettering:) OUR/CONFEDERATE DEAD (On north side of base:) IN MEMORIAM/"NO NATION ROSE SO WHITE/AND FAIR:/NONE FELL SO PURE OF CRIME (On south side of base:) WORTHY/to have lived and known/our Gratitude:/WORTHY/to be hallowed and held/in tender Remembrance:/WORTHY/the fadeless Fame which/CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS/WON./who gave themselves in life/and Death for us:/For the Honor of Georgia./For the Rights of the States./For the Liberties of the People./For the Sentiments of the South./For the Principals of the Union./as these were handed down to/them by the Fathers of/OUR COMMON COUNTRY. (On rear of base:) ERECTED/A.D.1878/BY/THE LADIES/MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION/OF AUGUSTA./IN HONOR OF THE MEN OF/RICHMOND COUNTY./WHO DIED/IN THE CAUSE OF THE/CONFEDERATE STATES. unsigned
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A tall tapered shaft topped with a figure of Private Barry Benson holding a rifle in front of him. He is dressed in his Civil War uniform, and carries a pouch on his back side and a bayonet strapped to his proper left hip. The sculptures of four Confederate generals stand around the bottom of the shaft on projecting ledges at each of the four corners. Between each general, the sides of the shaft contain reliefs of Confederate emblems including the coat of arms of the Confederacy and the seal of the State of Georgia.
Standing on the front left side of the base is a sculpture of General Robert E. Lee in uniform with a sash across his chest, holding a gun in his proper left hand and a hat in his proper right hand. On the south side of the base, there is a relief inscribed with "DEO VINDICE" within a band with a flag, a horse, and a soldier inside. Below the band are guns on either side with a drum and cannon balls in between. Beneath this is a trumpet.
Standing on the rear right corner of the base is a sculpture of Thomas R. R. Cobb, holding his proper left hand on his sword and his proper right hand on binoculars at his chest. On the rear of the base, there is a relief of laurel leaves flanked by two flags with crossed rifles and two cannons beneath.
Standing on the rear left corner of the base is a sculpture of William Henry T. Walker in uniform, holding his gloves in his proper right hand and holding his sword with his proper left hand. On the north side of the base, is a relief inscribed with "CONSTITUTION" in an arch over three columns. In front of each column is a standing female figure. Between the columns, on the right is a soldier, and on the left is a farm and field workers.
Standing on the front right corner of the base is a sculpture of Stonewall Jackson, his proper right hand tucked into the front of his jacket. On the front of the base, between Jackson and Lee, is a relief of two intertwined flags and a crossed gun and sword. The base rests on top of a square foundation with six steps leading up to each side.
History--United States--Civil War  Search this
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Occupation--Military--Soldier  Search this
Occupation--Military--General  Search this
Occupation--Education  Search this
Dress--Uniform--Military Uniform  Search this
Emblem--Coat of Arms  Search this
Emblem--Seal  Search this
Control number:
IAS GA000428
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums