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Confederate Monument, Portsmouth, VA

Confederate Monument - National Register of Historic Places Ref # 97000956, date listed 19970904

. Jct. of High and Court Sts.

. Portsmouth, VA (Independent City)

. Portsmouth's Confederate Monument follows the South's tradition of honoring its Civil War dead. From 1875 to 1893, the Monument Association and the Ladies Memorial Aid Association struggled to complete a monument to the Confederate dead of Portsmouth and Norfolk County. While their efforts parallel the efforts of other Southern communities, this monument is notable for the following reasons: First, the statues mounted on the four platforms surrounding the monument are not generic. In that the statues are unique and masterfully crafted the monument should qualify for its artistic merit. Secondly, the monument is one of three in the South containing a statue of a Confederate sailor. This commemoration of the Confederate sailor and his association with the Battle of Hampton Roads should qualify the monument under military history. Thus, despite the fact that the monument is a commemorative property, its design and symbolic value has invested it with its own historical significance.

. On December 14, 1876, the cornerstone was laid with Masonic ceremonies. On December 15, 1887, the infantry (south elevation) and artillery (north elevation) statues were received from the Monumental Bronze Company of Connecticut and were placed on their platforms. The remaining statues, navy (east elevation) and cavalry (west elevation), were placed subsequent to the dedication of the monument. The effort to complete the monument was finished on June 15, 1893, after almost 18 years and $9,236.24 in expenditures. (1)

. References (1) NRHP Nomination Form

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