Original Author: John Henry Foley, sculptor; Anderson Gallery, photograph
Created: 1874, sculpture completed; between 1875 and 1890, photograph
Medium: Stereograph on card mount
Monument to Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson in Capitol Square
This stereograph by a local photography studio in Richmond depicts the statue of Confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson in Capitol Square. The statue, created by the well-known English sculptor John Henry Foley, was unveiled on October 26, 1875, in front of a crowd of about 40,000 people. A committee of Englishmen sympathetic to the Confederacy funded the statue, and the Virginia government—over the objections of some members of the General Assembly—appropriated funds for a pedestal and the erection of the statue. A controversy arose when it was announced that Black militia companies would be part of the procession during the unveiling ceremonies. Former Confederate general Jubal Early wrote in protest to the governor that their participation would be “an indignity to the memory of Jackson and an insult to all Confederates." The Black soldiers did not take part in the day's celebration.