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Confederate Memorial Park: Phase III

The Descendants of Pt. Lookout POW Organization's Project

A sculptor has been chosen! Gary Casteel will be creating our POW statue for CMP! He is a nationally recognized historical sculptor of bronze figures/statues. He is a member of the National Sculpture Society and the Company of Military Historians. Among his credits are the equestrian monument of Gen. James Longstreet featured at the Gettysburg National Military Park, the KY State Memorial at the Vicksburg National Military Park and the 13th NC Monument for South Mountain Battlefield.

Click here to watch our POW Statue in the making!

I am extremely pleased to have been chosen as the sculptor for the project. I firmly believe that this particular project ranks near if not at the top of Confederate Memorial priorities. A very exciting project for sure!!! ...Gary Casteel

January 2008: Still in the process of adding clay to the body shape and should have a picture for you via email of the rough-in, less hands and feet by early this month. I will be ready for an on site review of the piece by the project committee and afterwards, the final strike down and completion of the clay by mid to late February.

February 15, 2008: The POW figure is complete!!! We have had a number of individuals into the studio to see the figure. To the last person, they all admired the “dignity” of the figure. While certainly representing a POW, barefoot, patched and torn clothing, long hair and beard, he is regal and defiantly looking home, South. The figure, especially the face will be nearly 17 feet off the ground and details such as the circles under the eyes will not be seen. I chose to show a few tattered areas on the clothing for wear purposes, not to create a homeless or marooned looking person, he should have more dignity. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed sculpting our beleaguered ancestor. I look forward to returning to Pt. Lookout with the “crowning touch”. The work you all have put forward in the Park is outstanding and will not only offer a special insight of our past to the visitor, but will also correct the wrong by the US Government of suppressing the flying of the Confederate flag. Good job!

February 25th: The figure will be taken to the mold maker on Monday Feb. 25, 2008!! I will be in touch and let you know when it goes to the foundry.

March/April, 2008: The completed, approved clay figure was delivered to the mold maker in Zanesville, OH late February. The molds were completed and delivered to the foundry in Pittsburg, PA early April with the casting process to begin thereafter.

June 25, 2008: On my way back from the mold maker in Zanesville, Oh. delivering the Jefferson Davis piece, I am to pick up from the Matthews Foundry auxiliary building in West VA. the bronze POW figure on Tuesday July 8th. I will transport it to the studio and hold it there until you are ready for installation. As soon as I get it to the studio, I will make a template of the anchor pin locations and send it to you for the appropriate holes to be drilled into the concrete base atop the pedestal. Along with the template, you will also receive a photo of the piece and the last invoice for delivery of the statue.

July 9, 2008: I just returned from the foundry and have the POW bronze figure in house. I will make the template and send along with the photos by tomorrow. It looks great!

The private soldier of the Confederacy had no hope of conspicuous honors, no opportunity to lay up riches, while meager rations and scant clothing banished any prospect he may have cherished for a reasonable amount of the pleasures of army life. The separation from his home, in many instances, marked the period when domestic sorrow replaced domestic happiness and absolute want followed a fair competence. He gave a wonderful exhibition of courage, constancy and suffering, which no disaster could diminish, no defeat darken. The soldiers went to battle from a sense of duty and were not lured into the ranks by bounties and pensions. If saved from the dangers of the contest, his reward was the commendation of his immediate commanding officers and the conscientiousness of duty faithfully performed. If drowned amid the hail of shot and shell, his hastily buried body filled a nameless grave, without military honors and without religious ceremonies. No page of history recounted in lofty language his courage on the field or his devotion to his country, or described how, like a soldier, he fell in the forefront of battle. His battle picture, ever near the flashing of the guns should be framed in the memory of all who admire true heroism, whether found at the cannon's mouth, or in the blade of the cavalry, or along the blazing barrels of the infantry. There he stood, with the old, torn slouch hat, the bright eye, the cheek colored by exposure and painted by excitement, the face stained with powder, with jacket rent, trousers torn and the blanket in shreds, printing in the dust of battle the tracks of his shoeless feet. No monument can be built high enough to commemorate the memory of a typical private soldier of the South. ...."In Memory of the Confederate Soldier" by Major General Fitzhugh Lee

 

We have come here to bless this remarkable, moving, heart-swelling, soul-stirring statue that depicts one of General Lee's Miserables standing victorious over the horror and suffering he endured in this vile and infamous Federal Prisoner of War Camp. We thank Thee, O Lord, for the extraordinary sculpture that Gary Casteel has wrought and presented to us. The intensity of his feelings for the suffering of these prisoners guided his mind, his heart and gifted hands to create this monument. It is the Holy Spirit of God, speaking through our beloved ancestors, who gave Gary the inspiration and skill to complete this masterpiece...Rev. Fr. Alister Anderson

You can help make this part of Confederate Memorial Park a reality by contributing to this worthwhile project. All donations are tax deductible. Click here to learn how you can contribute to Confederate Memorial Park.

Click Here for an article in the County Times on the Installation of the Bronze Statue

Click Here for an article in the County Times on the development of CMP

Click Here to read about the blessing of the CMP Statue and the park

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