Charles Keck’s equestrian statue of Gen. Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson was unveiled in front of a crowd of more than 5,000 people on this day in 1921. University of Virginia President Edwin Alderman noted during his address to the crowd: “’It is the gift of Paul Goodloe McIntire, a great home loving, unselfish citizen, bred of this air and born of this soil, who thus seeks, through the majestic medium of art and beauty, to teach to other ages how moving and eternal are the qualities of courage and character, of action and principle, of loyalty and honor, when embodied in one strong, appealing, fascinating personality.’
The veil was then withdrawn by two great grandchildren of ‘Stonewall’ Jackson-Miss Anna Jackson Preston, daughter of Mrs. Julia Jackson Preston of Charlotte, NC, and Thomas J. Jackson Christian Jr., of Ithaca, N.Y.
The bottom base is of Milford (Mass.) pink granite and the upper section of old rose Westerly granite from Rhode Island. The monument is simply inscribed, bearing few but significant decorations-a pair of pendant swords, a wreath of immortelles and figures of Valor and Faith.”
The ceremony was the crowning event of the Confederate Reunion of the Grand Camp, United Confederate Veterans and the Virginia Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans.