Friday, April 9, 2010

CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS OF VALOR -- LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA

The South's Defenders is the Confederate Monument on the Calcasieu Parish Courthouse lawn in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The statue was made by the W.H. Mullins Co., Salem, Ohio, John Segesman, chief sculptor. It was dedicated on 3 June 1915 by Robert E. Lee Chapter 305, United Daugthers of the Confederacy. It was restored after storm damage in January 1995 and rededicated on 3 June 1995 by the UDC and Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

The monument also survived Hurricane Rita in 2005, which wass at least the third major hurricane it has withstood. In the 1918 hurricane, the statue was knocked off its base, reportedly did a flip in the air, and landed on its base (on its feet). It then survived Hurricane Audrey, which killed over 500 people in Cameron Parish to the south. And then it got through Hurricane Rita with no damage. There have been many other tropical storms and minor hurricanes it has survived also.

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