Category Archives: Monuments

Loss of the USS Monitor

It was on this date, December 31, 1862, at 1:30 a.m.—in the earliest hours of New Year’s Eve—that the USS Monitor went down in rough seas off Cape Hatteras. Sixteen men aboard lost their lives. Forty-seven men, including Captain John … Continue reading

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Philip Cook

“Tales From the Tombstone“ On one website chronicling the history of Georgia, the opening sentence to the biography of Brigadier General Philip Cook read simply: “Perhaps the most remarkable feat of this Madison County lawyer was his rise in the … Continue reading

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When a Monument Cherrypicks Its History

When people have the chance to learn about history, don’t we want that history to be factually correct? That’s the question I asked last week when writing about the Robert E. Lee statue at Antietam. Placed at a spot on … Continue reading

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“I’ll Take the Chances”

Arguably one the most iconic Civil War battlefield monuments is the dramatic sculpture depicting 2nd South Carolina Sgt. Richard Kirkland bravely aiding thirsty wounded soldiers on the frozen slopes in front of Brompton Manor on December 14, 1862, after the … Continue reading

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When a Monument Gets Its History Wrong

The U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from Antietam National Battlefield (see here for details). The statue, erected in 2003 on private property along Route 34 heading into Sharpsburg, was later acquired … Continue reading

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Moving Memory: Virginia Military Institute’s Stonewall Jackson Statue

The boy who became the sculptor stood guard over the dead general’s casket. We don’t know if he ever saw him alive, though it is possible their paths may have crossed on a spring day in Richmond when the Civil … Continue reading

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“Songs, Statues, and Solutions”: Monuments, Driving Old Dixie Down, and Social Justice

Believe it or not, I always enjoy the chance to talk about Civil War monuments. It’s a difficult topic to talk about because emotions on all sides often get in the way of rational discussion—but that’s exactly why I feel … Continue reading

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Space, “Western Theater” not the Final Frontier

(Editor’s Note: The ECW YouTube page will feature videos from Phill’s trip over the next few weeks, kicked off by this discussion, which is also available as an ECW Podcast.) Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a few battlefields … Continue reading

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A Statue That Really Ought to GO!

There is a gilded fiberglass statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest off Highway 65 in Tennessee, just south of Nashville. It is on Bill Dorris’s property. Bill Dorris is a realtor in Nashville, Tennessee. When interviewed about his statue and its … Continue reading

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The Irish Brigade Monument at Antietam

In observance of this week’s anniversary of the battle of Antietam, I want to take a close-up look at the Irish Brigade monument that sits at the southern end of the Sunken Road near the observation tower. Its location and … Continue reading

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