27 February 2009

Jackson Attacked At McDowell

This seems to becoming more common, doesn't it? Fellow CW blogger, Michael Aubrecht, recently posted on another act of vandalism in Fredericksburg. Personally, I think these defacing of monuments are just random acts of vandalism (& stupidity) and not really some type of political statement.

This photo was just sent to me last night by reader and friend, Doug Hill. He took the photo yesterday. (Click image for larger view.)


Jubilo said...

Dear Old Domonion,
I agree this is probably just a youngster's idea of a good time. Actually deafacing monuments is a time honored college prank tradition . Remember last year in Alabama when the white Confedetate soldier statue was painted in back face? I enjoy most statuary but it does smack of idolatry don't it?
David Corbett

Justin said...

I doubt this political. This kind of "tagging" has become an epidemic in more suburban areas.

Whether gang related or personal, you find them now in the most mundane places. It is a shame. My town is home to some great small businesses and cafes, many of them have had to repaint multiple times because of the tags.

It would be refreshing if it was political. Or something in Latin. "Frodo Lives". Anything. But this has no meaning. Public places are ruined for no more than for the immediate gratification of some ignorant child's ego.

Forgive my rant.

cenantua said...


You beat me to it. I just got back from Shenandoah Mountain, McDowell, and Monterey (doing some photo-documentation on all of the markers over in that area for HMDB) and I saw this. It irks me to no end.

However, I was surprised that whoever did this didn't go full blast and attack all of the other signs. I guess we're lucky. I took the "death march" hike up Sitlington's Hill and all of the other CWPT signs are ok.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hey Robert, thanks for the update. Yes, it really ticks me off. I hope they catch the little twerps and make them work it off by cleaning the signs, keeping up the trails all Summer, and attending a WBTS seminar for educational purposes.

I'm in that area right often - beautiful, isn't it?

cenantua said...

It's a beautiful area, but that drive over there has got to be about one of the most unnerving that I know of.. not as bad as the Rt. 33 drive west of Harrisonburg, but it is hairy enough.

Ever walk that Sitlington Hill tour? If not and you want to try it, be well prepared before you do it.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Yes, rather curvy. There was some discussion a few years ago of straightening the road, making Highland County "more accessible." Actually, keeping it less accessible is why it is still so beautiful - no interstate, no rail, no Wal-Mart, thank God!

I've done part of that walk, many years ago with my children, but its been a while. Have you ever visited the home that houses the historical society over there? I used to be a member, but I've never been to the house or the reenactment either.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Justin - no need to apologize. Its worth ranting over. I have a cat named "Frodo" - so he DOES live.


He's gray. I wanted to name him Mosby, but my daughter protested, so Frodo it is.


Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...


Not idolatry, "honour thy Father."


cenantua said...

I'm actually trying to figure out which house is the Hull House. There is the house that is immediately behind the marker, and then there is the house where the historical society is housed in.

Also, have you taken the Ft. Edward Johnson walking tour as well. That is extremely well laid out. Too bad the Sitlington's Hill walking tour doesn't have as much signage appearing as regularly as that at Ft. Johnson... too many steps between markers and it makes the walker think he/she is never going to see another marker along the way.

On another note, that Confederate monument at Monterey is unique. I've never seen that pose before in a monument. The work, however, looks like that done by a Georgia company back around the 1910s. I'm going to have to look it up to see where the piece originated.

I met someone a few years ago who spoke of going into a barn over in Monterey and finding US cavalry saddlebags hanging in there. I'm surprised the leather was in good shape, but I can see how it would be possible considering that area was frequented by Union forces looking for a way into Staunton.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...


I'm not sure either. The County sponsors "McDowell Heritage Days" every other year, 2010 is next, see:

I hope to go. I really love that area and the people. Very little has changed over there as far as the landscape is concerned over the last 100 years. It truly is a unique corner of Virginia. I'd like to know more about the monument as well. The barn story would not surprise me. I believe there is still a lot of hidden history yet to be discovered.

cenantua said...

Alright Richard... take a look at the latest post with the YouTube clip... and the attached link to the terrain map for Sitlington's Hill.

S. Campbell said...

About 5 years ago the Confederate monument in Portsmouth Virginia had all four of it's soldier's faces painted black. It took a really long time for them to get the paint off. The kids had to climb over a 5 or 6 foot wrought iron fence in downtown. How nobody saw them is beyond me. It's all ridiculous. If kids were taught history like they should be they probably wouldn't be doing this kind of stuff. Also, if they had the right kind of parental guidance.

Mosby would have been a great name. My neighbor used to have a dog named JEB Stuart.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Yes, educating properly would eliminate some of this but, again, I think most of it is just teen-age rebellion and immaturity.