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Confederate Memorial

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1875–1893, Charles E. Cassell. Center of Court St. north of High St.
  • Confederate Memorial

Located to one side of the city's main intersection, the Confederate monument is a prominent reminder of Portsmouth's involvement in the Civil War. Sponsored by the Ladies Memorial Aid Association and designed by a Baltimore architect originally from Portsmouth, the monument consists of a 35-foot granite obelisk on a 20-foot pedimented base, guarded by bronze statues of four men representing (clockwise from the south elevation) the Confederate infantry, cavalry, artillery, and navy. Significantly, the sailor's headband is inscribed Merrimac, a reference to the Confederate ironclad, fashioned in nearby Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

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Author: 
Richard Guy Wilson et al.
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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Confederate Memorial", [Portsmouth, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-01-PO4.

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 444-444.

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