"The Soldiers and Sailors of the Confederacy" monument is located on South Confederate Avenue south of Gettysburg. It was dedicated on August 25th, 1965 and is the creation of Donald De Lue, sculptor (who is also responsible for the Mississippi and Louisiana monuments at Gettysburg); William Henry Deacy, architect; and Art V. Lera Fond, founder. The sculpture rests atop a circular stone base inscribed with the names of Confederate and the border states: South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, Maryland.
The Confederate soldier is raising a flag in his left hand, while urging his fellow comrades forward with his right hand. Included on the monument is the name "Walter Washington Williams." Born on November 14, 1842, it was thought that he was the last member of the armed forces of the CSA when he died on December 19, 1959 at the age of 117. Walter was a member of a Texas regiment and served under General Hood.
The following are the inscriptions:
A memorial to soldiers and sailors of the Confederacy."
"Heroic defenders of their country. Their fame shall be an echo and a light unto eternity."
"Walter Washington Williams, who was recognized by the government of the United States as the last surviving Confederate veteran, died 1959 at the age of 117 years."
"South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiania, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, Maryland."
Just as the soldier urges his comrades forward, I also want to urge all of you forward and remind you of what Robert Lewis Dabney once said:
“Sirs, you have no reason to be ashamed of your Confederate dead; see to it they have no reason to be ashamed of you.”
~ Robert Lewis Dabney, Chaplain for Stonewall Jackson ~
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Eileen Parker Zoellner