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CONFEDERATE VETERAN.

CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS.




RECORDS AS PROCURED IN REGARD TO THE MONUMENTS ERECTED AND UNDER WAY



New Orleans has taken the lead. The following sketch of her monuments was kindly furnished by Mr. W. Miller Owen. He did not give the cost as published, but that was procured by a committee of gentlemen who were familiar with all the enterprises.

The Confederate Monument in Greenwood Cemetery, built by the Ladies' Benevolent Association, is of white marble, surmounted by a figure of a Confederate infantryman "on guard." Around the pedestal are the busts of Lee, Sidney Johnston, Polk and "Stonewall." Under the mound on which it stands are vaults containing the remains of many Confederate soldiers. It was unveiled 1867. Value, $ 25,000.

Monument of the Army of West Virginia. — A column 50 feet above the ground, or 38 feet above the mound on which it stands. On the summit is a stone statue of Stonewall Jackson, 8 feet 9 inches high. Under the mound are vaults for the dead. Jefferson Davis' remains are deposited there at present. Unveiled May, 1881. Value, $25,000.

Monument of Washington Artillery.— Marble shaft on mound, statue of an artilleryman on top, sponge staff in hand. On the base are inscribed the names of those members of the command who were killed or died in service, also the names of sixty engagements in which the command participated. Unveiled Feb. 22, 1880. Value, $15,000.

Robert E. Lee Monument.— A Doric column of granite on a grassy mound, surmounted by bronze statue of Lee 15 feet high. Entire height, 106 feet 8 inches. Column, 60 feet. Unveiled Feb. 22, 1884. It is in St. Charles Street. Value, $40,000.

Monument of Army of Tennessee. — Mound containing tombs for deceased members, surmounted by equestrian statue of Albert Sidney Johnston in bronze. At the entrance to vaults is a marble life-size figure of a Confederate Sergeant calling his roll. Value $35,000.

Winchester, Va., has erected a $10,000 monument to the unknown Confederate dead in Stonewall Cemetery. In addition to this principal monument, different States have erected shafts. There is one for Virginia that cost $1,000. Maryland has a superb structure, capped with a statue of a private soldier, by O'Brien, that cost $2,500. The statue was made on an order that failed and the work was procured at a small percentage of its value.

Culpepper, Va., has a monument that cost $1,000.

Woodstock, Va. : Subscriptions have been made in this county for the Lee monument at Richmond, Jackson, Lexington and elsewhere.

A monument is being erected near Newport News, Va., to cost between one and two thousand dollars. It is the work of the Lee Camp of Confederate veterans and their friends at Hampton Va.

Shepardstown, Va. : A Confederate monument has been erected at Shepardstown at a cost of $2,500. It is a marble shaft.

The ex-Confederate Association of Grayson County, Texas, are preparing to erect on the public square at Shannon a $2,500 monument to the memory of Confederate soldiers.

Anderson, S. C. : "Our noble women have organized a Confederate Memorial Association and are now raising funds to erect a monument in our city."

Newberry, S. C.: "Our ladies have erected a Confederate monument on the public square which cost $1,300. It is of marble."

Natchez, Miss.: "We have built a very handsome monument to our Confederate dead costing $3,000. It is a shaft with life-size soldier in marble. Statue made in Italy."

The Ladies' Association of Montgomery, Ala., has well under way a monument on Capitol Hill, where the Confederate Government was first established. The monument is an imposing structure to cost $45,000. About half of this money has already been expended.

Richmond, Va., Dec. 30, 1892.

Editor Confederate Veteran, Nashville, Tenn.:

My Dear Sir — At your request I enumerate, relying on my memory alone for the facts and figures, the following Confederate Monuments here :

Monument to 12,000 Confederate dead in Hollywood Cemetery, a granite pyramid 45 feel square and 90 feet high, erected by the ladies of the Hollywood Memorial Association at a cost of about $50,000, now almost covered by that beautiful evergreen vine, the Virginia creeper.

Monument to 17,000 Confederate dead in Oakwood Cemetery, a massive granite obelisk, erected by the ladies of the Oakwood Memorial Association, at a cost of about $5,000.

Monument to the Private Soldiers and Sailors of the Confederacy, in Marshall Park, overlooking the site of Libby Prison, a copy of Pompey's Pillar, surmounted by a heroic bronze figure of the Confederate Infantryman, erected by private subscriptions at a cost of about $50,000.

Bronze Equestrian Statue of Gen. R. E. Lee, by Mercie, ornamental granite pedestal, from designs by Pujot, at the western extremity of Franklin St., erected by private subscriptions at a cost of about $75,000.

Heroic Statue, in bronze, of Gen. T. J. Jackson, by Foley, presented by admiring Englishmen to the people of Virginia, erected in Capitol Square on a granite base, at the expense of the State. Aggregate cost, about $15,000.

Bronze Heroic Statue of Lieut. Gen. A. P. Hill, by Sheppard, erected over Hill's remains on the Hermitage Road just north of the city, by private subscriptions, at a cost of about $15,000.

Bronze Heroic Statue of Gen. Wm. C. Wickham, by Valentine, provided by private subscription, and erected in Monroe Park on a granite base at the expense of the city. Total cost, about $15,000.

Collections of the Southern Historical Society, office in the State Capitol, R. A. Brock, Esq., Secretary, which cannot be valued by a standard of dollars and cents.

Monuments over the grave of Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, in Hollywood Cemetery, to the dead of Pickett's Division and the dead of Otey Battery — both on Gettysburg Hill in Hollywood— and to the Richmond Howitzers, on Howitzer Place, just west of Monroe Park, represent an outlay of approximately $10,000. There may be others which I cannot at the moment recall. I think that three quarters of a million dollars in the aggregate will about represent the invest-