If there was ever a slogan for our city, “Gone, but not forgotten,” would fit well because during the Civil War in United States (1861-1865) Richmond, Virginia was the political home for the Confederacy (South).
So let me take you for a little tour to show you how remembrance of the Civil War is all around town.
First, while driving home from The Fan this summer, I decided to snap a few photos from my car window while on Monument Avenue:
Here is looking up at the Stonewall Jackson Monument – in triple shot.
In Mechanicsville, here is Stonewall Jackson Middle school. MANY schools here have a name with a Civil War connection.
Side note: The Book about Stonewall Jackson, Rebel Yell, by S.C. Gwynne, was just listed as one of Delancey Place’s top ten books for 2014.
DP says it is was “touching and unexpected” and in an October post shared that Jackson “was perhaps the most brilliant and stalwart military leader of the American Civil War, inflicting devastating defeats upon the Union Army time and time again. He was also a deeply religious man and physics professor who was strongly opposed to the war — and who attempted to organize a national day of prayer to avert the conflict” (more here)-
wiseGEEK featured Stonewall Jackson this week too, noting that his body is buried in two places (more here).
Also, did you ever wonder what “stonewalling” means? Well wiseGEEK tells us that it is similar to playing head games: “Stonewalling involves the use of various tactics to delay or derail a conversation” – (more here).
Here is photo from the 4th of July 2006. On holidays, you can find Confederate Soldiers walking around and willing to stop and share factoids.
My eldest brother is a history buff and in summer 2006, he came to Richmond to make a short Civil War documentary. I think Cold Harbor is his favorite part of the Civil War Trail. Here are a few of his pics:
The little things scattered around RVA whisper of yesteryear and remind us of those who are gone, but not forgotten – –
while these artifacts also serve as “iconic representations of the cost of war” – and here are two more pics from my brother:
For more weekly photo challenges on “Gone,but not forgotten” – go HERE.
Have a great weekend….
and if you are yawning from this history post, I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS HISTORY post and see you later when my next post is going to feature some more “tea” – with an idea for Christmas – 🙂