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"World's Finest Equestrian Statue" in Charlottesville

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

November 3, 2005

Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson statue is considered one of the best of it's kind, and it sits in the heart of Charlottesville.

He sits day in and day out looking as if he's about to take off, but never making a move.

"This is one of the finest equestrian statues in the entire world, says historian Rick Britton.

Considered a hero of the confederacy in Virginia by many, the statue of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and his war horse Sorrel sits as if he is the guardian father of Court Square in Downtown Charlottesville.

"It really looks like little sorrel is about to trot right off pedestal," said Britton

Many people say one of the most difficult jobs with making equestrian statues is getting the proper proportion between the rider and horse.

The statue of Stonewall was paid for by Charlottesville philanthropist Paul Goodloe McIntire in 1921.

Stonewall taught at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. Although he applied for a teaching position at the university of Virginia, he was never hired.

The University of Virginia may not have hired Stonewall, but he was high admired by many in Charlottesville. When he died and his body was taken to its final resting place honor was given.

"As the train roll through Charlottesville all the church bells were ringing, said Britton.

Ringing for a man whose presence is ever leaning forward, like his statue.


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