Walking Tour: Random Statue

alexandria, dc, Uncategorized, Year 2

I’ve lived here in Alexandria for about a year and half now. There’s pretty much no excuse for the fact that we have done very little of the tourist activities. We haven’t done a ghost tour, a historical tour, a brewery tour, or pretty much any tour. We went to Mount Vernon once last January and stared at George Washington’s toilet.

On my last day of vacation after our trip to New Hampshire, I did the tourist thing and did a self-guided walking tour around Alexandria.

This is one of the first things I saw on my tour. This particular statue I have seen several times. It is right in the middle of an intersection, which is terrifying if you’re driving along in the middle lane and don’t notice the giant X in your lane, which apparently means get over now or become statue food.

I have always assumed it was a statue of George Washington. Mostly because this is George Washington’s town. This is where he lived, sold his produce at the market that’s still running, ate at a local pub, and just generally hung around. All this time I never bothered to take a closer look at the statue other than my disgruntled glances for it occupying an entire lane.

Well, apparently it is not George Washington. It’s a representation of Confederate soldiers, which perhaps unsurprisingly doesn’t help my angst of this statue. See below plaque for the explanation.

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