I was just sitting here coding some of my Sussex County records and thought I'd take a break and look at some pictures from my trip to Sussex County's courthouse. And I realized that the Confederate monument incorporates by reference the names of the soldiers from Sussex County who fought for the south. I don't think I've ever seen this in a monument before -- I've seen lots of references on monuments to statutes. That is, some monuments have law on them. (And court opinions are sometimes spoken about as monuments.)
But get this: Sussex County monument lists the "Companies organized in and sent out from Sussex County ...." Its list includes the "Sussex Light Dragoons." All scary sounding. Very scary, actually, as I think the Greensville dragoons were the people responsible for "Black Head Signpost Road" in Southampton. But back to my point: after listing the companies from Sussex, the monument concludes "For roll of members see records in the County Clerk's office." How about that -- the monument incorporates the list of soldiers in the clerk's office. The historian of memory in me very much wants to show up one day at the clerk's office and see if they still have the list. I doubt I have the starch to do that because the people in the clerk's office would likely think I'm some kind of neo-Confederate nut. They'd be wildly off in that assessment, of course.
I write about how constitutional ideas often flow off the page of "the Constitution," into the minds of citizens and how constitutional ideas are promoted by monuments and public events -- like addresses at the dedication of buildings, at college graduations, and at July Fourth celebrations. But I've never seen before a monument connecting back to written records like this. I mean this monument directs you exactly where to go to see the written record that it incorporates.