On the way back from AALS, I passed the Pentagon monument to 9/11 -- it's the first time I'd seen it. Incredibly impressive and beautiful in the November Sunday morning sun. That put me in the mood for some monument gazing.
I stopped in Dinwiddie County -- just south of Petersburg. It's where the Confederacy made its last stand, just days before Richmond fell. I was first in search of Poplar Grove National Cemetery -- but it was an impromptu stop and, of course, I couldn't quite remember the way to it. Though looking at the Petersburg Battlefield map I now see I was quite close.
Of course there's an antebellum courthouse in Dinwiddie -- and it has a Confederate monument put up in the first decade of the twentieth century (November 1907, I think.) Because I was driving through in the morning, the sun was in the wrong position for getting a really good picture of the soldier. But I thought I'd post it now, along with a picture of their antebellum courthouse. Reminds me that I've got to get back to posting on antebellum buildings -- like law school buildings and courthouses -- as well as Confederate monuments. I'm acquiring quite a backlog of pictures -- from Athens, Richmond, Chapel Hill, Pittsboro -- basically, all the best places.
But here's the interesting thing, there's another monument put up in 1972 near the early 20th century Confederate monument. It's a monument, basically, to the "battle" fought there (purporting to be the last victory of the Confederacy's Army of Northern Virginia, though it doesn't sound like it was much of a battle) -- but this one honors both United States and Confederate States soldiers. I've copied a photograph of it below. Click on the monument's image to pull up a larger picture, where you can read the text.
And as long as I'm posting about Dinwiddie, I might as well post a picture of their antebellum courthouse (no longer used as a courthouse). Again, I was somewhat hampered by the sun, so I couldn't get a good image of the front -- but I hope you might enjoy this side view. I guess it looks a little less antebellum (it was build around 1851) with that pick up truck in the background, huh?