Remembering the "Lost Cause:" The Power of the Memorial Landscape and Cornerstone "Relics" from Louisville’s Confederate Monument

Author(s): M. Jay Stottman

Year: 2018

Summary

Amid recent efforts to remove Confederate Monuments throughout cities in the South, the city of Louisville recently removed its 121 year old monument situated on a public street in the middle of the University of Louisville’s main campus.  During disassembly of the monument, a cornerstone box containing commemorative objects was found.  This paper discusses these objects and their relationship to the memory of the "Lost Cause" movement espoused by ex-Confederates.  It also examines the battle for the memorial landscape and the monument itself as a symbol of ex-Confederate power in a city that officially supported the Union during the war.    

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Remembering the "Lost Cause:" The Power of the Memorial Landscape and Cornerstone "Relics" from Louisville’s Confederate Monument. M. Jay Stottman. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441393)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 509