With the removal of so many Confederate monuments over the summer, it is certainly newsworthy to learn of the completion of a new monument. You heard that right. An artist based in Sarasota, Florida has recently completed a Confederate soldier statue that will be dedicated on the grounds of a new museum organized by the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Elm Springs, Tennessee.
I honestly don’t know what to say about it. At first I thought it was a joke.
The sculptor is Greg Marra and the statue is called “Forwarding the Flag.” It
“depicts a Confederate lieutenant colonel, face raging, sword in one hand, an uninstalled rebel flag in the other, charging uphill, out of craggy Devil’s Den, toward certain death.”
When asked about the Confederate and slavery the artist simply noted: “I think we’re all slaves to the almighty dollar.”
I am still trying to picture this officer holding a Confederate battle flag with sword drawn while charging uphill.