On a windy Saturday, May 5, 2012, a 20 foot monument was unveiled in front of the Texas Civil War Museum. Constructed by Schlitzberger & Daughters Monument Company of Houston, the monument commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and honors the sacrifice of Texans and their families. The unveiling ceremony was performed by the Texas Division of the UDC (United Daughters of the Confederacy). Music was provided by the Buttermilk Junction Band and the UDC’s Texas Belles. The SCV 3rd Brigade Color Guard presented the colors before the dedication.
Under Betty Mann, construction was financed through private and public donations in eighteen months. The monument was carried by flat bed truck upon completion and hoisted on to its site by crane. Inspired by the San Jacinto monument, the anniversary monument features a 5-point star on top of a 15 ft. granite obelisk. Epitomizing the Southern woman’s sense of duty, selected biblical passages grace each side of the base. Among the inscribed passages are:
I have fought the Good Fight.
I have finished the race.
I have kept the faith.
(II Timothy 4:7)
Strength and home are her clothing and she shall rejoice in the time to come.
Sherri Davis provided solid research for the inscriptions while Jamie Crump Davis, President of the Texas Division of the UDC, designed the monument. “It’s a small way to show our appreciation for the sacrifice our ancestors made. The focus of the monument is duty,” said Mrs. Davis. Robert E. Lee’s inscribed quote on the obelisk states it best, “Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should not wish to do less.”
Granite benches are provided for those who care to pause and reflect on our nation’s greatest tragedy.