Statue of President Abraham Lincoln at Tredegar


Statue of President Abraham Lincoln at Tredegar IronworksWHAT: Statue of President Abraham Lincoln in Richmond, Virginia.

LOCATION: Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works.

Statue of Abraham Lincoln and son Tad at Tredegar IronworksARTIST: David Frech.

DEDICATION: April 3, 2003.

DESCRIPTION: The life-size bronze statue depicts Lincoln and his 12-year-old son, Tad, sitting on a bench during their historic visit to Richmond on April 4 and 5 1865 to tour the burned-out Confederate Capitol.

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On his visit to Richmond, Lincoln visited the White House of the Confederacy and Capitol Square, but little of his visit was recorded. He apparently never visited burned-out Tredegar Iron Works, but his statue is very worthwhile visit. There is a marker at the site with the following description:

Lincoln lived long enough to articulate his post-war vision. In his concise and powerful second inaugural address on March 4, 1865, the president delivered this now-famous passage: “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right…let us strive to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds…to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations.”

Lincoln had only three conditions for the Confederacy: complete end to the war; abolition of slavery; and restoration of the national authority, and his words were “Let ‘em up easy.”

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8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Eric on June 28, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    The war criminal and tyrant Lincoln has no place of honor and the statue being placed in Virginia was a slap in the face to all in the South!

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    • Why do some people only want HALF truths to be told? So better include the other side of the story.

      Lincoln a tyrant. and so was Davis if you use Lincoln as your example.

      Davis violated habeas corpus three times for a total of 1 1/2 years.
      so did Lincoln

      Davis declared marshal law in various parts of the south for the entire war. So did Lincoln

      Davis instituted conscription/draft and later forced men to belong. Lincoln did also BUT did not FORCE men to remain

      Davis order out of the country anyone loyal to the union and failure to leave ion 40 days ment confiscation of your property and exile to the north. Lincoln did this twice. Davis thru pout the south.

      Davis ordered the Provost Guard to put down the unionist in east tenn and when done 5 civilians were hung and their families jailed without trial.

      Davis supported slavery as a fundamental state right but supported a constitution which did NOT mention states rights.
      As for a new confederacy it wont happen. If you use the previous one as an example, it became what it tried to leave. The states right issue died with confederate congressional and Davis promotion of,

      1. limited censorship of the press
      2. National FORCED conscription (draft)
      3. Inability to control stragglers and desertion
      4. National Marshall Law
      5. Violation by Davis of the writ of Habeas Corpus
      6. Allowing a Rich Poor class structure with political office only held by rich land and slave owners.
      7. Income Tax on the nation
      8. Failure to attempt any form of E.P.
      9. Demanded that all local militias belonging to the state are now national and federal.
      10 Exempt from Conscriptions based on how may slaves you owned. Rich mans war poor mans fight.
      11.Demanded and reveived property thru force if needed via Confiscations Acts.

      Dog gone shame when the facts get in the way of revision.

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  3. [...] Tredegar Iron Works. There is a statue there—dedicated there in 2003—that features President Lincoln seated on a bench with his son, Tad. It commemorates the wartime visit of just one day of Lincoln to Richmond after the Confederate [...]

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  4. [...] Tredegar Iron Works. There is a statue there—dedicated there in 2003—that features President Lincoln seated on a bench with his son, Tad. It commemorates the wartime visit of just one day of Lincoln to Richmond after the Confederate [...]

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  5. Posted by newman thomas on February 13, 2013 at 3:16 am

    I knew of the statue being in Richmond….it took me a week to locate it! I found it on a hill overlooking the back of a building which completely overshadows it. The “hidden statue” is quite a beautiful work of art. It is a shame that it wasn’t located just a hundred yards further up on the hill where its view could be seen from the street and bridges in the area.

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  6. Posted by Tommy Anderson on December 7, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    They should have put it in front of the Capitol Building……

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  7. [...] Abraham Lincoln, Richmond Virginia, 2003 [...]

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