Throughout the South, war memorials were erected to honor the Confederate war dead. Just as in the North, commemorative statues, often of a soldier perched on a pedestal, give voice to the loss and sorrow felt in the country after the Civil War. In this example at the Frankfort Cemetery at Frankfort, Kentucky, the soldier is mounted on top of a pedestal. Confederate soldiers are buried circled around the statue. The statue pedestal contains the following poem:
They sleep—What need to question now
If they were right or wrong?
They know ere this whose cause was
Just in God the father’s sight
They wield no warlike weapons now
Return no foeman’s thrust
Who but a coward would revile
An honored soldier’s dust?
One of the great war memorials in the South, is in the Oakland Cemetery at Atlanta, Georgia, commissioned by the Ladies Memorial Association dedicated to nearly 7,000 Confederate soldiers buried there. T. M. Brady of Canton, Georgia, created a monument to the unknown Confederate war dead buried in Oakland Cemetery. The sculpture was commemorated on April 26, 1894. The great dying lion has a pained expression on its face as his heroic body rests on the Star and Bars battle flag and a rifle. The inspiration for the Lion of Atlanta was Bertil Thorvaldsen’s colossal Lion of Lucerne (Switzerland), which Mark Twain called “the most mournful and moving stone in the world.”