Wolf Run Studio - Memorials & Monuments
Bill Harrah
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. . . MEMORIALS & MONUMENTS . . . (Click on an image to see the actual notecard size)
Monument to Robert E. Lee
Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia

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After finishing second in his class at the U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint, Robert E. Lee distinguished himself in the Mexican War as a bridge builder, scout and army engineer. When John Brown attacked and captured the U.S. arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Lee took command of a Federal detachment that captured the abolitionist and his forces on October 17, 1859.

As tensions grew between northern and southern states, President Lincoln offered Lee command of the Union forces. Lee declined. After Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861, he resigned to become military advisor to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Lee ultimately took command of Confederate forces in Virginia. Even Lee's brilliant strategizing, which continues to be studied in military schools, could not overcome the superior troop strength and resources of the Union.

Jean Antonin Mercie created the bronze sculpture in Paris. It was shipped in four large wooden crates containing its separate pieces to New Jersey, hauled by rail to Richmond, and ushered to its site by about 10,000 volunteer workers, who took part pulling four decorated wagons to the monument site. The May 29, 1890 unveiling of the 60-foot monument, which attracted well over 100,000 people, was preceded by a parade of about 50 generals, governors of the Confederate states and 15,000 Civil War veterans. At the time, it stood alone in an open field, the first of five memorials honoring Confederate heroes to grace Monument Avenue.

Text © 2000 Terry White, Drawing © 2000 Bill Harrah

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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

Alabama State Memorial    Friend to Friend Memorial    George Gordon Meade Equestrian Statue   High Water Mark Memorial    Irish Brigade Monument    Louisiana State Memorial    Maryland State Memorial   Mississippi State Memorial    New York State Memorial    44th New York Infantry Monument    North Carolina State Memorial    Peace Light Memorial    The Pennsylvania Monument    Soldiers and Sailors of the Confederacy Memorial    Soldiers National Monument    Virginia State Memorial   

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