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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