Now --- Summer of Iconoclasts, 2017, knocking down statues.
50 years before 1916, the year of this statue?
A War. The 1860s.
Lots of Veterans from the 1860s in this 1916 photo.
A news article of 1916 further below, refers to the "sixties"
And now almost 101 years later from this photo
we are in the Summer of Iconoclasts,
taking down statues and plaques.
From Handley Library Stewart Bell Jr Archives – Unveiling of statue of Confederate soldier in front of Old Frederick County Courthouse, 20 North Loudoun Street. Crowd surrounding statue, buildings on Rouss Avenue including top of Empire Theatre. Date given as Oct-Nov. 1916. Two prints in envelope. Filed under “Confederate soldier statue, unveiling”. . Click on Photo to enlarge. Hit backspace arrow to return here. . See this link for source of photo
This is a story of those involved with this statue.
The Larger and More Important Story
of Slavery and race relations continues.
And after all the debate back and forth,
our backgrounds will still make us look at these statues differently.
Since 15 November 1916
this statue has stood
in front of the
20 N Loudoun St
But this website is about Fort Loudoun and the French and Indian War.
This sale was helped by T K Cartmell, another Confederate Veteran who was involved with this Statue, and who was near finished with writing his book that year which may have influenced the sale of that building to the city.
And that book was published by the Eddy Press. C Vernon Eddy, who was involved with the Winchester Confederate Statue and who was the first Librarian of Handley Library also had a large printing press operation in Virginia and he married GW Kurtz's daughter, so John Eddy mentioned further below was Captain GW Kurtz’ grandson.
The realization of a cherished dream was the unveiling of the Confederate monument at Winchester VA, in the month of November 1916. With simple and impressive ceremonies the veterans of Winchester and Frederick County dedicated the handsome monument on the Public Square, commemorating the valor of its people during the war between the States. It will be a lasting honor to those who in heroic self-sacrifice and devoted loyalty gave their manhood and their lives to the South in her hour of need. . The heroic figure in bronze of a Confederate soldier, fully armed and equipped, stands on a base of political granite in front of the historic courthouse of Frederick County, said to be one of the finest speciments of colonial architecture in the South. The simple beauty of the monument makes the most agreeable impression. The young soldier is represented as in the act of leaving for the front. The figure is well proportioned and typifies all those ideals for which the South made such a valiant and heroic fight. . The principal address
Commander of the Gen. Turner Ashby Camp, C.V. of Winchester. . Just as the veil fell the band played “Dixie” amid tremendous applause. Confederate veterans,
among whom were many from the Shenandoah Valley sections,
Daughters and Sons of the Confederacy, and
their friends largely made up the great crowd in attendance;
there were also students from
the High School,
Fort Loudoun Seminary, and
a corps of cadets from the Shenandoah Valley Academy. . After the unveiling
the program was concluded
at the City Hall Auditorium
with music and readings,
a poem written especially
for this occasion by Miss Kate McVicar
[Ed Note: Kate McVicar used NEMO as her pen name in the newspaper]
being read by the Hon. R. Gray Williams. . It is fitting that Winchester and Frederick County should erect a worthy memorial to the soldiers who fought for the South. . Many historic associations cling to that old city about which the tide of war ebbed and flowed in the sixties, and its people have honored themselves in honoring their heroes. . Much credit is due to
. With simple and impressive ceremonies, the Confederate veterans of Winchester and Frederick County this afternoon unveiled and dedicated a handsome and imposing monument to the public square, commemorative of the valor exhibited by the people of the county of Frederick and the city of Winchester during the war period of 1861-1865.
. On account of the weather being colder than had been originally anticipated, the exercises at the monument were curtailed and after the memorial had been unveiled those in attendance went to the City Hall Auditorium, where the remainder of the program was carried out. .
On a base and sub-base of highly polished brown granite stands the figure of a young Confederate soldier, a son of Virginia, fully armed and equipped, who appears to be in the act of leaving for the front in response to his state’s call for troops.
because he, Robert Y Conrad, gives a speech 27 May 1915 at the consecration of the Braddock Cannon.
He then attends this Confederate Statue Commemoration on 15 Nov.1916.
Robert Y Conrad's Dad's Brother, Daniel Burr Conrad was highly instrumental in getting President Zachary Taylor's daughter Bettie Dandridge who lived on Braddock Street to find General Braddock's Sash at the bottom of her trunk.
More on connections of Robert Y Conrad:
This man gave a speech about the Braddock Expedition memorializing the cannon whose 100th year anniversary at its spot on Corner of Cork and Braddock went unnoticed just like the Confederate Statue did last year (2016).
And at that Braddock Cannon there is a famous picture of girls holding the Braddock Sash which was stored in President Zachary Taylor’s trunk for 40 years and resided on Braddock Street where his daughter, Mary Elizabeth Taylor Bliss Dandridge, who acted as First Lady in her father’s White House and whose older sister was the first wife of Jefferson Davis before he became President of the Confederacy.
John William Nail
From Handley Library Stewart Bell Jr Archives.
He made a model of that Confederate statue and was displayed in Hable’s Store.
He is also well known for carving models and figurines out of the French and Indian War era Fort Loudoun or its later stockade wood incarnation as a prison during the Revolutionary War.