Spirit of the Confederacy Monument.

Spirit of the Confederacy Monument

Field review by the editors.

Houston, Texas

From the stern look on this statue's face, the Spirit of the Confederacy is not one of humility or regret. Sculpted by Italian artist Louis Amities, the Spirit was commissioned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and unveiled in January 1908. It's a 12-foot-tall bronze angel -- he has very large wings -- with an angry scowl and a big sword. He's also nude, but his private parts are tactfully obscured by a palm frond. Dedicated, "to all heroes of the South who fought for the principles of states rights." Old postcards of the monument show that its pedestal of rocks was much higher in the past.

Spirit of the Confederacy Monument

Lamar St., Houston, TX
West edge of downtown. On the southwest side of Sam Houston Park, on the south side of the pond. Just east of I-45 and just north of Lamar St. Free parking lot off Clay St. west of Bagby.
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