St. Louis Confederate Monument

 Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri Erected Dec 5, 1914

 

"To the memory of the soldiers and sailors of the Southern Confederacy, who fought to uphold the right declared by the pen of Jefferson and achieved by the sword of Washington.  With sublime self-sacrifice, they battled to preserve the independence of the States which was established by the fathers.  Actuated by the purest patriotism, they performed deeds of prowess such as thrill the heart of mankind with admiration. 'Full in the front of war they stood' and displayed a courage so superb that they gave a new and brighter luster to the annals of valor.  History contains no chronicle more illustrious than the story of their achievements; and although, worn out by ceaseless conflict and overwhelmed by numbers, they were finally forced to yield, their glory, Erected to the memory of the soldiers and sailors of the Confederate States of America by the Daughters of the Confederacy of St. Louis."

 

Background Music, "Knot of Blue and Gray"

Traditional Song from Missouri, author unknown.

 
Lyrics:

You ask me why upon my breast
Unchanged from day to day.
Linked side by side in this broad band
I wear the Blue and Gray.
I had two brothers long ago,
Two brothers blithe and gay.
One wore the suit of Northern blue
And one of Southern gray.

One heard the roll call of the South
And linked his faith with Lee.
The other bore the stars and stripes
With Sherman to the sea.

Each fought for what he thought was
right And fell with sword in hand.
One sleeps amid Virginia's hills,
And one in Georgia's sands.

But the same sun shines on both their graves,
O'er valley and o'er hill,
And in the darkest of the hours
My brothers they lie still.

That is why upon my breast
unchanged from day to day,
Linked side by side in this broad band
I wear the Blue and Gray.

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Dr. R. C. Cave and the St. Louis Confederate Monument
 

A magnificant memorial to the soldiers and sailors  of  the Confederacy, the result of ten years by  the  United Daughters of the Confederacy of St. Louis, was placed in Forest Park  in  1914.  The granite shaft is thirty-two feet high. It faces the west, and on that side is a bronze tablet showing a group in high relief-a Confederate soldier leaving his family for the war. Above this group in low relief in the granite  is  the  figure of an angel presenting the "Spirit of  the  Confederacy".  The principal  inscription  for  the monument was written by Dr. R. C. Cave, noted lecturer and author of "The Men in Gray".

      Dr. Cave was the pastor of a fashionable non-sectarian place of worship in the Central West End of St. Louis. He was well known as a prominent advocate of the movement begun in the Congress of Religions at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair in favor of the establishment of non-sectarian churches.
 
     Mr. Cave entered the Confederate Army a few hours after Virginia passed her Ordinance of secession. He enlisted as a  private   in Company    "A", of the Thirteenth  Virginia  Infantry (General A.P. Hill's Regiment) and fought at  First Manassas.  He  served  with"Stonewall" Jackson throughout the  "Valley Campaign",  the Seven   Days   Battle   around Richmond,   the   Battle   of Slaughter's   Mountain,   and Second  Manassas  (where  he was  wounded), Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg.
 
On  May  30,  1894  at  the Richmond, Virginia monument dedication honoring the private soldier, Dr. Cave stated: "I am not one of those who, clinging to the old superstition that the will of heaven is revealed in trial  by  combat,  fancy that right must always be on the side of might, and speak of Appomattox as a judgment of God. Herod was crowned and Christ   was   crucified;   the verdict at Appomattox was but another instance of 'truth on the scaffold, and wrong on the throne."