September 22, 2009

Over 7 Feet

Filed under: Historic District, Markers, & Flags — lessie @ 3:35 pm

Statue Solider 3 by you.

The above statue honoring “Our Confederate Dead” towers over the Anderson County Courthouse grounds at over 33 feet. The soldier himself is over 7 feet. (One day when I get a telephoto, I’ll see him a bit more clearly. 🙂 ) It’s easy for me, absorbed in my daily life, to walk past such monuments — but I think this one deserves a second look, not only for its impressive height and statue’s carving, but also for the detailed imagery and quotations on each side of the base. A wonderful description of the statue is found at “The Historical Marker Database.” Brian Scott of Greenville did a fine job documenting the statue and transcribing its quotations. He points out that the imagery on the statue’s base represents the calvary, artillery, navy, and infantry. I was also interested to read that the quotations on the base are from poems of the day. Mr. Scott’s photos are much better than the ones I’ve taken (so far), and I really enjoyed looking at his images and descriptions of the statue. Other individuals have also submitted interesting items to the page.

Examining this statue, reading the quotations, is like walking back in time to 1901 or 1902 to its dedication, only 35 years after the Civil War, when veterans of the conflict attended the ceremony and some even spoke. In my mind’s eye, I can see their flowing beards and mustaches, the horses and carriages lined up waiting, a distance away. I imagine the veterans stood through the dedication remembering their buddies who didn’t come home.

The words on the statue mesmerize me, as they shout from a different worldview. I can’t help but wonder what the black community of 1901 or 1902 thought of the statue.



  1. I’ve had the same fascination with this statue… the words are so emphatic. It really does effectively communicate the mindset of that time & society. Thanks for sharing the “Database” link!

    Comment by Sarah — September 24, 2009 @ 5:25 pm

    • I really agree. Glad I’m not the only one. 🙂

      Comment by lessie — September 24, 2009 @ 5:48 pm

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