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When the controversial Robert E. Lee monument was unveiled in Richmond...



Item # 646135

June 14, 1890

HARPER'S WEEKLY June 14, 1890 

* General Robert E. Lee monument
* Richmond, Virginia unveiling w/ print


In the light of current culture is is interesting to note that a full page is devoted to a nice print captioned: "Scene at the Unveiling of the Monument to General Robert E. Lee at Richmond, Virginia.", the very monument which is the focus of much controversy today. The next page has over a full column *article on it titled: "The Lee Monument At Richmond".
Among other articles are a full front pg. portrait of: "La Carmencita."; a full pg. with three illus. pertaining to" "The Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church."; two full pg. illus. of: "The Way We Conquer England Today" and "Making Up a Tow By Search Light At Pittsburg."
Nine small portraits of "German-American Representatives at the German Shooting Festival to be held at Berlin in July"; a one-third pg. portrait of: "Charles S. Reinhart, Artist" a doublepg. centerfold:"The Fog" and four halfpg. prints pertaining to "Athletes in Training" plus a half pg. print of: "Fencing".
Eighteen pages, nice condition.

*A portion of the related coverage includes, in part:

"The occasion of the unveiling of the Lee statue at Richmond, Virginia, on the 29th of May, possessed features that render it unique in history. It was a mighty tribute to the central figure of a lost-cause, attended by an undercurrent of satisfaction even that the cause was lost... The Confederate flag was everywhere conspicuously displayed...  The military companies affectionately bore it in the line of march, but with it they bore the Stars and Stripes, and bore them loyally. The paradox is explainable only by the fact that the former no longer meant disunion... The opinion has with much reason been expressed that the occasion of such magnitude as the one described, with reference to the late Confederacy, is not likely ever to be repeated. General Lee personified what was best in a bad cause. His individual virtues gave the Southern people, who craved a demonstration commemorative of an indelible epoch in their lives, some substantial and unquestioningly credible to rally around. The honor to the hero of their vain struggle has been paid, and the full conditions for another gathering are wanting. It may therefore by surmised that in the great outpouring of the ex-Confederates at Richmond the final obsequies of the war of session have taken place, and the circumstances attending it show how completely the wounds of conflict have been healed, and a mist important chapter of American history closed." AMOS W. WRIGHT

Category: 1890-1899

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