The Confederate Monument is one of the largest Confederate monuments and is located at the far end of Forsyth Park. This monument honored local Civil War veterans as well as those who had lost their lives in the bloody conflict. The Confederate Monument was erected in Forsyth Park in 1879.
A bronze soldier in a Confederate uniform stands atop a sandstone base, facing north, which was a long-standing tradition of placing a statue to face his enemy. The base was made of Nova Scotia sandstone and was brought to Savannah by ship. The monument features a raised relief carving depicting a grieving widow sitting under a weeping willow tree and is surrounded by 4 winged angels.
The Savannah’s Ladies Memorial Association began collecting money for a Confederate war memorial in 1868. By 1874, they had raised $10,000 and began making plans. The design for the monument was left to the sculptor but the Ladies Memorial Association had strict rules on the construction of the monument. The monument could not be made of any Northern materials, could not be built by Northern workmen and when complete, could not travel through any Northern state.
Because the monument faces north, it was fairly shady from this point of view. Processing in HDR helped reveal some additional detail. Photo captured October 8, 2019.
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