Valor and Sacrifice in Memorial Lawn:
My walk in the park today took me to “Memorial Lawn” that faces the high relief sculpture of the Confederate Memorial Carving in Stone Mountain Park.The fog was lifting above the three Confederate heroes of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, as I approached the mountain base.
The entire carved surface measures three-acres, larger than a football field. The carving of the three men towers 400 feet above the ground, measures 90 by 190 feet, and is recessed 42 feet into the mountain. The deepest point of the carving is at Lee’s elbow, which is 12 feet to the mountain’s surface.
Left Side (Valor) and Right Side (Sacrifice)
Left Side (Valor):
“Men who saw night coming down about them could somehow act as if they stood at the edge of dawn“
__A Confederate Soldier Shortly Before His Death.
Right Side (Sacrifice):
“The Country Comes Before Me”
___Caroline Deslondes Beauregard
“No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.”_Booker T. Washington
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, September 5, 2012
All photographs © 2012 www.marygilmartin.me