Confederate Memorial (Arlington National Cemetery)

Confederate Memorial (Arlington National Cemetery)

Base: The fallen figure of a woman, also representing "The South", leans on a shield emblazoned with the words "The Constitution" as a symbol of what the UDC believed the South fought for. Cinerary urns and shields bearing the coat of arms of each state support the topmost figure on the memorial. The 32 life-size figures stand on an irregular octagonal base. The front (or south-facing side) of this base depicts the Great Seal of the Confederacy in low relief. In raised letters below the seal are the following words: TO OUR DEAD HEROES BY THE UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY VICTRIX CAUSA DIIS PLACUIT SED VICTA CATON This Latin phrase means: "The Victorious Cause was Pleasing to the Gods, But the Lost Cause Pleased Cato." It is a quotation from the poem Pharsalia by the ancient Roman poet Lucan. It refers to the attempt by the Roman Senator Pompey to prevent Julius Caesar from becoming dictator of Rome in 49 BC. Although he lost, Pompey's actions pleased the great philosopher and statesman Cato (who was noted for his moral integrity). On the north face of the memorial in raised letters are the following words: NOT FOR FAME OR REWARD NOT FOR PLACE OR FOR RANK NOT LURED BY AMBITION OR GOADED BY NECESSITY BUT IN SIMPLE OBEDIENCE TO DUTY AS THEY UNDERSTOOD IT THESE MEN SUFFERED ALL SACRIFICED ALL DARED ALL — AND DIED RANDOLPH HARRISON MCKIM On the northwest face of the octagonal base, in raised letters, are the words: M. Ezekiel * Sculptor Rome MCMXII On the northeast face of the octagonal base, in raised letters, are the words: MADE BY AKTIEN-GESELLSCHAFT GLADENBECK BRONZE FOUNDERY BERLIN-FRIEDRICHSHAGEN-GERMANY The east and west sides of the octagonal base are flanked by pedestals, on top of which are urn-like lamps topped with "eternal flames" of bronze.

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Date of Installation:

June 4, 1914

Organization Responsible for Installation:


Memorial War Era(s):



Arlington Cemetery Arlington, VA 22211


Published on February 5, 2017