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Alabama Memorial -- Vicksburg NMP, Vicksburg MS
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 32° 20.376 W 090° 51.565
15S E 701460 N 3580092
Quick Description: The dramatic bronze sculpture that dominates the Alabama Memorial at Vicksburg National Military Park is listed in the Smithsonian Inventory of Outdoor Sculpture.
Location: Mississippi, United States
Date Posted: 9/19/2014 1:10:19 PM
Waymark Code: WMMGVM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 2

Long Description:
The Alabama Memorial made Younger Blasterz pause a second and think of the horrible clashes that happened here, near the Railroad Redoubt. This is a memorial that must be explored, not just viewed from the road.

The men depicted here are in a struggle to the death. Some are wounded, one has died, and others fight on. A woman holding the Confederate battle flag gives a drink of water to a dying soldier, comforting him in his last moments before he becomes one of Alabama's honored dead.

From the SIRIS entry for this sculpture: (visit link)

"Sculpture in the round features five uniformed soldiers, and an allegorical female figure (representing the State of Alabama) who holds a Confederate flag. Three of the soldiers are firing rifles and two are wounded."

From the National Park Service: (visit link)

"Alabama Memorial

The Alabama State Memorial is located on the south loop of Confederate Avenue, at milepost 13.6 of the park tour road. At a cost of $150,000, the monument was sculpted in 1951 by Steffen Thomas of Stone Mountain, GA. The bronze work depicts seven heroic men from Alabama being inspired by a woman representing the state itself. The casting rests upon a base of Weiblin grey granite from Elberton City Quarries, Inc., Elberton, GA, and comes from the same quarries used in the construction of the Memorial Arch, located at the entrance of Vicksburg National Military Park, and the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. The memorial was dedicated on July 19, 1951."
TITLE: Alabama Memorial

ARTIST(S): Steffen Thomas

DATE: 1948-1950. Dedicated 1951.

MEDIUM: Sculpture: bronze; Base: Weiblin gray or white granite

CONTROL NUMBER: IAS MS000334

Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
Vicksburg National Military Park Vicksburg MS


DIFFERENCES NOTED BETWEEN THE INVENTORY LISTING AND YOUR OBSERVATIONS AND RESEARCH:
We think one of the two wounded soldiers referenced in the SIRIS listing is actually dead. He is face-down in the mud and gory muck of battle, plus the way he lies he seems lifeless to us.


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