The Sunday Question September 18, 2011September 18, 2011Brooks D. Simpson What’s your favorite Civil War monument? Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like Loading... Related
Artistically, the Sheridan memorial in Washington, because it’s got so much more vitality than most of the equestrian statues.
Tie. The 90th PA Monument on Oak Ridge at Gettysburg and the 11th PA Monument just down the line from the 90th. I like the 90th because it’s unusual, and I like the 11th because Sallie’s story is so neat.
79th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment on Battleline Road at Chickamauga. Shows them as the keystone in Thomas’s Sunday line. They fought back four assaults before being ordered off the field personally by General Thomas.
The Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, LA. Mark Twain called it “a little sham castle”.
“Virginia Mourning Her Dead” at VMI.
I like St. Gauden’s monument on the Boston Commons to the 54th Massachusetts. I also like (for its unintentional silliness) the McKinley Monument at Antietam.
Henry Merlin Shrady’s Ulysses S. Grant Memorial at the Mall in Washington, D.C.
A magnificent tribute to Grant and the soldiers he led.
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The NC monument at Gettysburg, the figures are in a heroic scale and it capture the rush and the excitement of battle. I think it is the best figure statue on any battlefield..
the sculptor is Gutzon Borglum.
The Grant Monument at the reflecting pool, a monument that probably gets shows on TV than any other as the political talking head shows love the view up the Mall along the reflecting pool with the Capitol in the background.. Grant looks very grand determinedly sitting on his horse while the smaller sets of ficures capture an army in motion. like the NC monument it captures its figures in lifelike movements. unlike so many statues the figures aren’t stilted and statuelike.
August St Gaudens Robert Gould Shaw- 54th Mass is nice, if you go there on the longest day of the year the last rays of daylight shine just on the face of Shaw.
The St Gaudens home in Cornish NH is owned by the National Park Service and if you are in the area it is well worth visiting, there are casts of his best works, and a modern art gallery which showcases todays artists. When you sit on the front porch you can easily see how Maxfield Parrish imagined the columns of the porch into a Greek temple and Mt Ascutney just across the Ct River in Vt into Mount Olympus.
Oh, gosh, too many to mention. To be totally honest, I think my favorite is the 90th Pennsylvania on Oak Ridge at Gettysburg, because it is so distinctive. (Al got here first.) There is a Wisconsin marker at Shiloh that looks so much like a tree stump that it is often mistaken for one. And I do love the Grant monument in front of the Capital.
Re the Grant memorial, I read somewhere that this also honors the Army of the Potomac, but I see no sign of that at the memorial. Seems to me it depicts Grant with generic troops, appropriate to his role as general-in-chief and due to his service in both theaters. Does anyone happen to know chapter and verse on this? CRS
I’m partial to the Shaw monument, too, but I also like the UDC monument at Shiloh. It’s not as attractive as a lot of others, but the symbolism appeals to me.
Sherman in NYC
A couple of my favorites
The Sedgwick Monumnet at Spotsylvania. What better last words!
The Vermont Brigade at The Wilderness
The Irish Brigade’s Monument on Sickles Lane in Gettysburg
The 20th Massachusetts Infantry at High Water Mark at Gettysburg. I am from that area south of Boston and grew up playing on the same kind of rocks as the soldiers.
The 19th US Infantry, the Rock of Chickamauga, at Chickamauga. Stood with Thomas and by the end of the battle was commanded by a second lieutenant. I commanded a rifle comapny in the 3rd, 19th Infantry in the 1980s. Tradition on Organizational Day was for the junior lieutenant in the battalion to take command for the day. We held a formal change of command ceremony and everything.
I also love the Illinois Monument at Vicksburg…love the grandeur.
All of those mentioned already are great choices, but I think my favorite is one not mentioned (and which many might not like): the Louisiana state monument at Gettysburg.
2nd Minnesota, Horseshoe Ridge. The Illinois Monument in Review Field, Shiloh, is pretty impressive too.