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In 1901 Confederate war dead from cemeteries in Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C. were re-interred in Arlington National Cemetery and soon after the United Daughters of the Confederacy petitioned to add a memorial to this area of the cemetery. The distinctive pointed-top gravestones are placed in concentric circles around the dramatic and large 32-foot tall monument. Moses Ezekiel himself a Confederate veterans sculpted the monument and is right at the base in front.

At the top a large woman who represents the South stands extending an laurel branches toward the south to acknowledge her fallen soldiers. She also holds a pruning hook resting on a plow share as reference to "they shall beat their swords into plowshares…" Below this statue are carved urns inscribed with the years for the Civil War 1861-65. Below the urns are the coat of arms for each of the states of the Confederacy. At the next level is a large frieze with a number of images including mythical figures and Confederate soldiers. These figures represent Minerva trying to hold up the fallen female figure of the South as she falls on the shield of her constitution. The figures surrounding her are coming to her aid. Go to the following website for the cemetery to read a detailed description of the monument. On the front of the monument is the tribute to the fallen war dead of the Confederacy.
Http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/visitor_information/Confederate_Memorial.html

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