Confederate Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument tagged overnight

07/03/2015 8:24 AM by

TOP via Philip O’Connor / BELOW via Mark Kronenthal

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Overlooked RVA has a great history of the monument:

One such veteran was Wilfred Cutshaw, a former colonel who’d lost a leg in an 1865 skirmish but by 1894 had become Richmond’s principal city planner, already responsible for a comprehensive redesign of the city’s layout during the Reconstruction. As an impressionable engineering student at VMI in the 1850s, he’d learned about Pompey’s Pillar in Alexandria, Egypt, and its grandeur – utterly imagined, of course – would retain a curious stranglehold on his vision for Richmond more than 30 years later.

Evidently prominent in that vision was a monument honoring veterans conspicuously like himself. The Monument to Confederate War Dead had already been built in Hollywood Cemetery, and a statue honoring Robert E. Lee was soon to be unveiled on what would become Monument Avenue, but in 1889 he put forth plans before a handpicked committee to add yet another local tribute to the Confederate cause.

Want to go back in time? Get a heavy dose of historical context from this souvenir pamphlet from the unveiling of the monument in 1894 (PDF).

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Unveiling of the monument (1894)

Unveiling of the monument (1894)(via Overlooked RVA)

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