Confederate heroes on cliffs at Chimney Rock?

In 1925 sculptor Gutzon Borglum, who would later become famous for Mount Rushmore, proposed carving an enormous memorial to Confederate heroes Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and Stonewall Jackson on the cliffs at Chimney Rock above Lake Lure.

Borglum, who had become estranged from sponsors of a similar memorial he had already begun at Stone Mountain, Georgia, was scouting for another site and another benefactor. The Lake Lure idea didn’t pan out, and the Stone Mountain project went on without him.

Borglum also sculpted the acclaimed North Carolina monument on Seminary Ridge at Gettysburg and the statues of Henry Lawson Wyatt and  Gov. Charles B. Aycock in Raleigh’s Capitol Square (both restored in 2008).


Midweek link dump: Civil War ‘not even past’

— Revisionism has its way with the “firsts” of Henry Lawson Wyatt.

— No black soldiers among North Carolina’s Civil War dead? What about Franklin Cuzzens?

— Am I the only one who hadn’t heard of the Cherokees’ enemy-ridiculing Booger Dance? Photos from 1936 include mask made of hornets nest.

— Provocative batch of online responses to “Who Were Southeastern North Carolina’s Most Famous Conjoined Twins?”

— If you’re among those Southern men who never noticed that seersucker was out, you may not be aware that now  it’s in. (George Frazier, style columnist for Esquire in the ’60s, insightfully observed that a man in seersucker suit could always get a check cashed.)