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The Confederate Monument in Portsmouth, Virginia, also known as 124-183, was built in 1876. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1997.[1]

The monument is a 35 foot obelisk of North Carolina granite. It is located at the town square of Portsmouth, at the corner of High and Court Streets. Also facing on the town square are the Trinity Episcopal Church dating from 1828 and the Portsmouth Courthouse dating from 1846, which are both also NRHP-listed.[1][2]

It was erected by the Ladies Memorial Aid Association of Portsmouth, Virginia, which was founded in 1886 with one purpose "being the erection of a monument to the Confederate dead of Portsmouth and Norfolk County." The design was by Charles E. Cassell, "an ex-Confederate topographical engineer".[2]:8

The cornerstone was laid in 1876. Within the cornerstone several artifacts were placed, including:

  • a Confederate flag
  • Confederate bonds, currency, and postage stamps
  • a payroll and other lists of officers and men in a company and an artillery battery
  • a photograph of the late Col. James G. Hodges, commander of the Fourteenth Virginia Infantry, and
  • "silver currency of various nationalities".

The monument's capstone was not placed until 1881, and the monument as a whole was not completed until 1893.[2]:9–10

The city of Portsmouth "gave 1,242 men to the Confederacy of whom 199 were killed or died; Norfolk County gave 1,018 men to the cause of whom 280 were killed or died; and the City of Norfolk gave 1,119 of whom 176 were killed or died."[2]:10

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named nris
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 William Blake (October 7, 1996). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Confederate Monument / 124-183". Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission. http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/registers/Cities/Portsmouth/124-0183_Confederate_Monument_1997_Final_Nomination.pdf. Retrieved 2010-04-24.  and Accompanying photo at Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission

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