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Confederate Monument

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 12 February 2020 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

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.

NIKON D7000 1/350 second F/4.2 ISO 250 45 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Thank you again for sharing your item's history. It adds interest. The picture is fine.

12 Feb 2020 5:08am

By Marie from Entre By Marie et Montagnes, France

It is a great and beautiful tribute to the men of the south who fought for a lost cause. This period of American history is touching and sad, it has made many French people dream of it through all the films that have been made and exported to us.

12 Feb 2020 5:31am

Ginnie Hart from Suwanee, Netherlands

So beautifully shown to us, Steven. And I'm very glad it is of a soldier and NOT of the Confederate Generals!

12 Feb 2020 5:52am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Joli rendu

12 Feb 2020 7:39am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

beautiful statue.

12 Feb 2020 8:58am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful composition with this monument recalling the Civil War and I am impressed that tradition places the sculptures in front of the geographical situation of the enemy...

12 Feb 2020 9:22am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


12 Feb 2020 9:42am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

La photo est réussie.
Bonne journée Steven

12 Feb 2020 9:44am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Very nice memorial!

12 Feb 2020 10:01am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Isn't Nova Scotia quite a long way north? :) Your usual excellent capture and documentary

12 Feb 2020 10:28am

Rose from United States

Interesting history of how it came to be and the restrictions.

12 Feb 2020 11:24am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Very well photographed Steven. Excellent information with the picture. 5*

12 Feb 2020 12:36pm

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

What a great statue and memorial to see and read.

12 Feb 2020 1:51pm

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

excellent capture and fine processing of the light

12 Feb 2020 2:41pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image of this monument. Excellent composition and detailed information of the monument. :)

12 Feb 2020 2:44pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Thank you for the history and a splendid image :))))))))))))

12 Feb 2020 3:16pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel monument et vue quelle hauteur et finesse et la végétation superbe
Belle soirée

12 Feb 2020 3:29pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel monument et vue quelle hauteur et finesse et la végétation superbe
Belle soirée

12 Feb 2020 3:32pm

mE from Middle Franconia, near Nürnberg, Germany

Fantastic photo and interesting facts

12 Feb 2020 3:34pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Beautiful light and composition.

12 Feb 2020 4:11pm

Captain Creation from Saint Nazaire. Pays de la Loire., France

Très beau monument.

12 Feb 2020 4:13pm

Sudipto Sarkar from Hyderabad, India

A fine capture, Steven...

12 Feb 2020 5:11pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine monument and expressive comment.

12 Feb 2020 5:25pm

willy from Belgium

un monument impressionnant Steve..

une belle capture et des informations intéressantes

12 Feb 2020 6:09pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Très beau monument et des explications très attrayantes Steven.

12 Feb 2020 7:50pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Confederate monuments are a source of great discord today. This one, funded so soon after the war, seems like a true tribute to the war veterans and casualties. So many were erected in the 1890s and early 1900s, as least as much to flaunt and further Jim Crow as to memorialize. So it is a fraught subject to share, even when done in a pure documentary style.

13 Feb 2020 2:54am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This is a beautiful and very large monument. I wonder what is thought of it today. It has been there a long time.

13 Feb 2020 3:24am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

All of the beautiful old monuments get a bad rap today.

13 Feb 2020 3:38am

@B. Thomas: It just dawned on me that I posted this on Abraham Lincoln's birthday. :-)

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

Very important picture from the monument.

13 Feb 2020 5:44am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

it's a very tasteful memorial

13 Feb 2020 3:23pm

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Bel hommage rendu aux vétérans des armés.
Très lumineuse cette image en contre jour !

14 Feb 2020 1:06am

Remus from Portugal

Beautiful sculptural piece.
But I bet there must be some grain of sand from the north.

14 Feb 2020 3:12pm

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

It's a stark reminder... excellent image.

15 Feb 2020 3:41am

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

You could almost use this as a shadow clock - sundial ;-)

15 Feb 2020 8:50am