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. . . MEMORIALS & MONUMENTS . . . (Click on an image to see the actual notecard size)
Confederate Monument
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

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Also available in Assortment Pack #AST-720

Dedicated June 5, 1914 -- Arlington National Cemetery

"A Gift to the Nation" from the United Daughters of the Confederacy

In 1900 General Marcus J. Wright proposed the legislation that allowed Confederate soldiers to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Secretary of War William Howard Taft supported a 1906 petition from the United Daughters of the Confederacy to erect a monument in the center of the Confederate section and the cornerstone was laid on November 12, 1912. Sir Moses Jacob Ezekiel, a VMI cadet and internationally-recognized sculptor, was chosen to create the memorial to the Southern soldiers. After raising the money to erect the monument, the UDC presented it to President Woodrow Wilson who accepted it as a "gift to the nation" on June 4, 1914.

The 32-1/2-foot-high bronze stands as the tallest bronze sculpture in Arlington. The heroic-sized figure of the woman atop the monument, her head crowned with olive leaves, represents the South. Her left hand holds a laurel wreath, remembering her fallen sons; her right hand holds a pruning hook on a plow stock. She stands on a plinth embossed with four cinerary urns symbolizing the four years of the War. The coats-of-arms of the thirteen Confederate States and of Maryland, depicted on fourteen inclined shields, comprise a frieze supporting the plinth. Another frieze below the plinth is of life-sized figures portraying gods of mythology and soldiers of each branch of the Confederate service. Six vignettes of Southern families complete the frieze. The seal of the Confederacy and four inscriptions surround the base.

As he wished, Sir Moses J. Ezekiel is buried at the base of the monument to the left. General Marcus Wright is buried at the front base of the monument. Over 450 Confederate soldiers, wives, and civilians are buried around the base.


"Not for fame or reward, not for place or for rank,
Not lured by ambition, or goaded by necessity
But in simple obedience to duty, as they understood it,
These men suffered all, sacrificed all, dared all . . . and died."

--The Rev. Dr. Randolph H. McKim, D.D.

Text © 1997 Dianne Harrah, Drawing © 1997 Bill Harrah

Confederate Monument    Jefferson Davis Monument    Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson    Jefferson Memorial    Kennedy Gravesite    Robert E. Lee Monument    Lincoln Memorial    The Manassas National Battlefield Park    The Marine Corps War Memorial    Richard Rowland Kirkland Memorial    J.E.B. Stuart Monument    Tomb of the Unknowns    The Washington Monument    Women in Military Service For America Memorial

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