Earlier this year, an entry for the “Barton Street Confederate Memorial” showed up in my Historical Marker queue. I held off publishing it for a while back in January, looking for the full transcription, but also for clarification on what seemed to be a redundant plaque. The memorial stands in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in a traffic triangle along-side several other memorials. It was dedicated in 2009 by Matthew Fontaine Maury Camp 1722, Sons of Confederate Veterans
From my perspective, I didn’t understand why a separate memorial was placed, which for all intents just repeats the facts and names on a plaque placed in nearby City Cemetery in 1992. I realize the cemetery’s Confederate memorial stands a few blocks away from the wartime cemetery. But this new memorial seems superfluous to me.
At any rate, the City of Fredericksburg took issue with the placement of the memorial. Citing a city ordinance passed in 2009 and a vote by the city council, the city attorney sought and received a court order for the memorial’s removal. But the Maury Camp, SCV is asking for a resolution authorizing the removal:
Even after a court order, a local historical group says it is uncomfortable moving a granite marker until it gets the approval of the City Council to do so.
In letters to city officials, members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans have lobbied for a City Council resolution authorizing the group to move a granite marker noting the nearby location of a Civil War era cemetery. This follows a recent circuit court decision mandating the removal of the marker from its current location on city property, a traffic island near Maury Commons at the intersection of George and Barton streets. As of this weekend, the marker remained in its spot….
The SCV already has permission of the Maury Commons Condominium Association to host the marker on its property, almost directly across the street from its current location. …
Not sure why the City Council would need to pass a resolution. Not sure why movement of the memorial a few dozen feet would make much difference.
Heck, I’m not sure if the obstinate response to a court order, for what appears to an outsider as a redundant memorial, is really honoring the memory those who served the Confederacy.