|As the Civil War centennial drew to a close in the 1960's, a movement was underway to erect a monument to honor the valor of all members of the Confederate armies and navies. It was decided that Gettysburg, as the greatest battle of that war and the symbolic "High Water Mark" of the Confederacy, would be the ideal location for such a monument. Contributions were received from three former border states, Missouri, Maryland, and Kentucky.|
Sculpted by Donald DeLue, the statue represents a charging southern color bearer, urging his comrades to follow him. The pink granite base contains the names of each of the states that contributed soldiers to the Confederate army. At the rear of the base is engraved the name of Walter Washington Wiliams who served as a forage master with a Texas regiment during the war. On December 19, 1959, at the age of one hundred and seventeen years, one month and five days, Williams died. The last member of the armed forces of the Confederate States of America had finally joined his comrades.1 1. There has been come controversy in the past over the validity of Walter Williams status as the "last" veteran. NPS officials currently doubt the claim, feeling that John B. Salling, a veteran of Company D of the 25th Virginia Infantry rightfully deserves the honor. Salling died March 16, 1959 at the age of one hundred and twelve years, ten months and one day.
LOCATION: SOUTH CONFEDERATE AVENUE
DEDICATED: AUGUST 25, 1965
SCULPTOR: DONALD DELUE
ARCHITECT: HENRY DACY
MATERIAL: PINK GRANITE
SPECIFICATIONS: HEIGHT - 19'3"
CIRCUMFERENCE - 12'