- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 12, 2005

The National Statuary Hall’s 98 statues include figures of at least 25 Americans who served in either a military or political capacity during the Civil War.

Gen. Robert E. Lee, sculpted by Edward V. Valentine, moved into the hall in 1934, a gift from Virginia. Mississippi provided statues of Confederate States President Jefferson Davis and James Zachariah George, who served as a colonel in the Confederate Army. Georgia’s pair of statues includes Davis’ vice president, Alexander Stephens. Donated by Maine is a statue of Hannibal Hamlin, vice president during Abraham Lincoln’s first term. Lincoln is not in the collection.

Statues of five Union generals can be found in the collection. In addition to Illinois selection James J. Shields are Francis Blair, presented by Missouri; former President James A. Garfield, Ohio; Philip Kearny, New Jersey; and “Ben-Hur” author Lew Wallace, Indiana. In an unintended display of near-symmetry, the hall contains statues of four Confederate generals: Lee; Wade Hampton, South Carolina; Joseph Wheeler, Alabama; and Edmund Kirby Smith, Florida.

Other statues of those who served include Union Army veterans William Henry Harrison Beadle, South Dakota; George Laird Shoup, Idaho; and George Washington Glick, Kansas, whose statue was replaced recently by Dwight D. Eisenhower’s. Confederate veterans with statues include John Kenna, West Virginia; Edward Douglass White, Louisiana; and Jabez Lamar Monroe Curry, Alabama. North Carolina provided a statue of Zebulon Vance, wartime governor.

Some other individuals represented in the hall helped shape the irrepressible conflict. These include Henry Clay, Kentucky; John Calhoun, South Carolina; Sam Houston, Texas; Andrew Jackson, Tennessee; Daniel Webster, New Hampshire; Thomas Starr King, California; and, from Virginia, the first U.S. president, George Washington, whom the Confederacy claimed as an inspiration.

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