Loudoun’s Confederate Statue Removed Overnight

The Confederate statue at the Loudoun County courthouse was removed overnight by the Daughters of the Confederacy in coordination with the county government. 

The work, planned in secrecy, was completed without incident. This morning only a portion of the concrete base remains.

The monument was moved to storage.

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously July 9 to affirm that the “Silent Sentinel” statue belonged to the Loudoun Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and to allow them to remove the statue from public property.

The organization requested the opportunity to remove the statue amid a growing national movement to take down memorials to Confederate leaders and soldiers. They acknowledged supervisors were likely to take the statue down after the General Assembly this year granted localities the authority to alter or removed Confederate war memorials. 

The Daughters of the Confederacy asserted that they own the statue since they raised the bulk of the money to put it up. That private property claim allowed supervisors to avoid a lengthy public process to remove the monument. Instead, they essentially allowed the organization to come reclaim its property.

The statue, the “Silent Sentinel,” was commissioned by the Clinton Hatcher Camp Confederate Veterans and Sons, now the Clinton Hatcher Camp of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, and the Loudoun Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy, now the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which began raising funds for the project as early as 1901. In 1906, the Board of Supervisors agreed to allocate $500 for the project as long as the Sons and Daughters raise the remaining $2,500, and the statue was formally unveiled in 1908, in the height of the Jim Crow era as Confederate monuments were going up across the south. 

The Confederate statue at the Loudoun County courthouse was removed overnight July 21 the by Daughters of the Confederacy in coordination with the county government.

16 thoughts on “Loudoun’s Confederate Statue Removed Overnight

  • 2020-07-21 at 1:24 pm

    If the photo was taken out slightly, the Revolutionary War memorial to the left will have to go because slavery wasn’t outlawed from the beginning of the country. The WWI memorial to the right will have to go because it was a period of segregation, as will the WWII and Korean memorials. The Vietnam memorial in the far background will have to go just because liberals hate the Vietnam War so much.

    My public apologies to the the Confederate dead whose memories were desecrated by the removal of this memorial. It is unfortunate that Americans are too illiterate to understand the difference between this war memorial and a statue that celebrates the Confederacy.

  • 2020-07-21 at 3:31 pm

    Ok great. So now when are we going to start hearing about some progress on some real problems like minority violent crime or Illiteracy? All I’ve heard about lately is how monuments to people who’ve been dead for over a hundred years is a problem. Can anybody name one of the hundred or so people who’ve been gunned down needlessly in the last week where the shooter wasn’t a cop? Can anyone name any of the minority people who received a scholarship so they can attend a university in the fall?

  • 2020-07-21 at 4:05 pm

    Good riddance. Let’s put up a monument that unites people and not divides. Historic statues from traitors to the USA such as the CSA troops should be set on battlefields to explain how they lost their war to keep humans and families in slavery. My public apologies to the US citizens that had to endure that image of a traitor in front of a court house no less for far too long. I guess his job was to intimate the “folks” lest they get uppity and think they are equal.

    • 2020-07-21 at 5:12 pm

      Read about up Sheridan’s devastation of the Shenandoah Valley, Sherman’s march to the sea, Ben Butler’s occupation, or any of the other acts we’d properly identify as war crimes today. Read about the burning raid here in Loudoun- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_Raid . The Union army later used those same total war tactics against the Native Americans in the west so I guess you are also pro tearing down Native American statues as well because they tried to stand up against this and lost as well. Remember that Virginia didn’t succeed from the union until Lincoln directed Virginia to raise troops to invade the other southern states. I’m happy the US is one country and I’m certainly happy that slavery is abolished and we are striving for all to be equal- with more progress needing to be done-, but we should remember what happened here. How would you have reacted if the federal government sent troops to burn your business and your home?

      • 2020-07-22 at 4:29 pm

        Whoopy do. The traitors lost. I am pro-tearing down traitor statues to the USA. I see native Americans as victims of the tyranny, like the slaves your historic lovelies abused apparently as how can you defend their defenders? As for the Union burning down my house in Loudoun. I suggest you research the play called “All for the Union.” That would be my family. Not supporting slave holders and treason.

  • 2020-07-21 at 4:14 pm

    On the evening of the 20th day of July 2020, Loudoun’s Silent Sentinel was retrieved and taken to a “temporary residence”, without fanfare and thankfully no unjust racist hatred mobs to witness this most devastating historic event. We are saddened that our culture and populace has lost historic perspective and the education system has so biased and polarized public opinion against the Confederacy and the Americans in the Southern States during the mid 19th century. A Northern Monument representation was suggested and approved by the BOS long ago, but the racial bias of the many BOS prevailed.

    Presenting the whole story honestly, how it unfolded, and letting people of all ages draw their own informed conclusions would obviously have been the better path in lieu of vilifying and dividing our Loudoun Citizens.

    If you would like to be a part of the movement to restore this monument to its new rightful place in Loudoun County please join our cause by becoming a member or send a donation to the Southern Historic Preservation Society, Inc. P.O. Box 413 Purcellville VA 20134 or more information at http://www.southernhistoricpreservationsociety.org

    • 2020-07-22 at 4:33 pm

      Good idea. Put it at Ball’s Bluff. The 2020 public square is for a REAL national hero for ALL.

    • 2020-07-22 at 4:31 pm

      Why? Move the divisive statue to some historic context. Not the public square in 2020. Sorry, your slave abusing side lost way over a century ago. Get over it and move on into the 21st Century.

  • 2020-07-22 at 8:57 am

    This is a complete waste of Taxpayer money and resources. The UDC had until September 7 to remove the statue. Dictator Randall and her cronies abusing their power yet again. If it was after September 7 I have no problem with this as the UDC wouldn’t have held up their end of the deal. Wake up Loudoun residents its all about control, don’t give in.

    • 2020-07-22 at 4:34 pm

      Sure, tell that to Trump and his federal SS goons in Portland.

      • 2020-07-23 at 11:05 am

        “SS goons?”

        If a pack of democrat party black shirts showed up at your shack with burning on their minds, you’d be screaming hysterically on the phone for the “SS goons” to bail you out ‘Mont.

        • 2020-07-25 at 3:06 pm

          No. I have read about the fascists and their Brown Shirts. The far left has anarchists that go way too far and the far right brown shirt goons like the SS. I prefer legitimate law enforcement officers with a name and badge on their LOCAL uniform to Trump’s secret police. The USA should NOT have secret police. Of you like such a thing move to China or Russia.

          • 2020-07-27 at 11:36 am

            ‘Mont, The ‘brown shirts’ were the S.A. (sturmabteilung). They were a party thug organization — equivalent to what the KKK was to democrats. The SS (schutstaffel) was a praetorian guard for the little Austrian socialist fella’. They served the party as well, including some branches evolving into a parallel military force equal to the German army.

            They hated each other. The SS snuffed out the S.A. during the ‘Night of the Long Knives.’

            The officers in Portland are DHS and Border Patrol, and likely a smattering of other fed LE. They’re defending a federal courthouse from democrat party thugs dressed in black hoods (easier to clean than the old white hoods.) The SS wore mostly distinctive black uniforms…

            I agree with you; We should not have ‘secret police’ in America. We also shouldn’t have secret courts called FISA courts, but we do. Bring it up with Wexton, Timmy, and Martha’s Vineyard Mark Warner next time you see them. They all support secret courts, and they support the black hooded violent thugs. Who’s the real SS here again?

  • 2020-07-22 at 2:31 pm

    I stand corrected, the original article I read did not state it was removed by the UDC. Randall is still crooked.

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