||Survey and Management of Civil War Monuments in the VDOT Right of Way
Ann B. Miller
With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, members of the public have expressed concerns about the fate of older, often privately-erected Civil War monuments. Many of these consist of stone bases with either carved lettering or bronze or brass plaques and occasionally statues. Most such monuments were were erected in the early 20th century, along what were then county roads, by veterans of a specific unit or by groups of interested private citizens.
No comprehensive survey exists of these monuments in Virginia.
This project, requested by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, will identify and survey such monuments within the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) right of way. Associated monuments near VDOT rights of way will be noted for comparative purposes, and the monuments' management issues and historic context and significance will be identified.
The study has strong support from the National Park Service and groups interested in the Civil War.