Posts Tagged ‘sculptures and memorials’

Sculptor Caspar Buberl and General Montgomery Meigs (former Quartermaster General of the Union Army) “agreed to a design in which scenes of infantry, cavalry, artillery, and sailors, as well as a quartermaster, medical personnel, and a black teamster … would proceed around the building. The repetition helped the project to be economical, but the frieze’s sheer length helped the repetition to not be overly noticeable.”
— Kim O’Connell, “Former Pension Bureau A Stunning Tribute to Civil War Soldiers,” HistoryNet (accessed April 4, 2022)

Meigs also wrote to Buberl:
“Most of the drivers of Baggage wagons were freedmen Blacks. They wore whatever they could pick up, any rusted ragged garment. But very many or perhaps most of them succeeded in getting possession of cast off blue overcoats. Perhaps it will be better not to give them this overcoat which will make them like enlisted men, which they seldom were. But by all means make the driver a Negro full blooded. A soft hat very much dilapidated will be right. I leave all the clothes to your taste, but he must be a Negro, a plantation slave freed by war.”
— Joyce L. McDaniel, “Caspar Buberl: The Pension Building Civil War Frieze and Other Washington, D.C. Sculpture,” Records of the Columbia Historical Society, Washington, D.C., Vol. 50, The Fiftieth Volume (1980), p. 333

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African American Civil War Memorial/Museum, Washington, DC
“Take a look at the African American Civil War Museum/Monument in Washington, D.C., as Director and Founder Dr. Frank Smith talks about some of the things the museum has to offer.”
(2:55) Stars and Stripes, YouTube, September 30, 2015

Riderwood TV Visits the African American Civil War Museum
“Dr. Frank Smith shares the history of African American involvement in the Civil War.”
( 4:56) Riderwood TV, YouTube, January 18, 20218

African American Civil War Museum Ground Breaking Ceremony
“Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and museum director, Dr. Frank Smith led a ground breaking ceremony to launch the construction of the African American Civil Memorial and Museum’s new home at the historic Grimke building.”
(30:47) Frank Smith, YouTube, November 7, 2019

MainStreet: “Ed Hamilton”
“Ed Hamilton knew early in life that he wanted to be an artist. But it wasn’t until he attended the Art Center School in Louisville, Kentucky, that he found his calling: Sculpting. Today, Ed Hamilton is one of America’s premiere sculptors. His work chronicles his history. To enter his studio in Louisville, you feel the joy and passion of his work. Let’s take a look. This segment was originally featured in MainStreet – “Kentucky Forms” and was produced in October of 2000.”
(8:51) WKUS PBS, YouTube, February 17, 2016

Ed Hamilton Sculptor | Untold to the Unforgettable | A Kentucky Original Series
“Renowned sculptor Ed Hamilton has created countless monuments, plaques and artistic tributes that tell the story of America and celebrate the rich diversity of its people. Learn how a young African American boy growing up in Louisville discovered the talents he would later share with the world.”
(6:53) Kentucky Tourism, YouTube, March 25, 2020

Ed Hamilton: Internationally Renowned American Monument Sculptor
(28:28) MoxieTalk with Kirt Jacobs, Vimeo, May 30, 2008

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“On September 17, 1997, the Virginia Historical Society unveiled The War Horse, a memorial to the horses and mules killed during the Civil War, designed by Tessa Pullan of Rutland, England, and given to the historical society by Paul Mellon of Upperville, Virginia. The life-size bronze sculpture is on display at the South entrance to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.”
Other Exhibitions and Displays | Virginia Museum of History & Culture

The inscription on the base reads: “In memory of one and one half million horses and mules of the Union and Confederate armies who were killed, who were wounded, or died from disease in the Civil War.”

You might find these YouTube videos of interest:
Tessa Pullan, “The Creation of A Bronze Horse”  (4:05) YouTube, February 2, 2010
Unsung Hero: The Horse in the Civil War” (47:35) YouTube, May 27, 2018

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