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Washington County Civil War Monuments

Washington County invites all parties interested in acquiring a Civil War Monument to submit letters of intent by December 10, 2021

At its meeting on November 9, 2021, after public hearing, the Washington County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution 2021-32, which provided for removal from the grounds of the Washington County Courthouse of two Civil War memorials.  As required by Virginia law, the County is now accepting offers for relocation and placement of the memorials.  After close of the 30-day offer period, the Board of Supervisors may resolve in open meeting to accept an offer or offers submitted to the County or may otherwise direct disposition of the memorials. In accordance with Virginia law, the Board of Supervisors has sole discretion as to disposition of the monuments.

If you or your organization is interested in one or both memorials, you may complete and submit the Monument Interest Form or submit a Letter of Intent that includes all of the required information.  Letters of Intent may be delivered by US mail or hand-delivered to the address below

Lucy E. Phillips, County Attorney
Washington County Government Center
1 Government Center Place, Suite A
Abingdon, VA 24210

Offers received by close of business on or before Friday, December 10, 2021, will be presented to the Board of Supervisors at its meeting on December 14, 2021.  The County reserves the right to reject any and all offers and to extend the offer period as may be determined by the Board of Supervisors.

Description of Memorials

The memorials are identified in Resolution 2021-32 as:

“[T]he two structures located on the grounds of the Washington County Courthouse at 191 East Main Street in Abingdon, Virginia, to commemorate matters related to the American Civil War (1861-1865), which shall include the following:

  1. The statue of a Confederate soldier including the stone plinth on which it is standing, which is labeled, “To the Confederate Soldiers of Washington County, Virginia. Erected May 30, 1907”, and including all additional engravings and commemorative plaques that are attached to the plinth; and
  2. The cenotaph, which is labeled, “A Memorial to the Generals from Washington County who served in the War of 1861-1865” and includes other engraved text regarding such Generals.

The monument that includes a statue of a Confederate Soldier and the plinth upon which it stands has an estimated weight of approximately 24,000 pounds.  The smaller monument memorializing Confederate Generals from Washington County has an estimated weight of 6,585 pounds.  The dimensions of each memorial are noted on the photographs below. 

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Photographs of Memorials