Hundreds of residents have come together to fully fund the removal and relocation of the Talbot Boys Confederate monument. Move the Monument Coalition set up a fund through Mid-Shore Community Foundation to raise necessary funds so the monument could be moved at no expense to taxpayers.
The goal of $82,000 included $67,000 for Stratified Inc., a Washington, D.C., based firm, to remove the Confederate monument from the county courthouse lawn to Cross Keys Battlefield in Rockingham County, Va and $15,000 for additional ground preparation and set-up at the Battlefield.
After presentations and debate at Tuesday’s County Council meeting it was determined that the monument will be relocated to Cross Keys Battlefield as stated in Council’s previous resolution passed in September.
“For too long, county leadership has been deaf to the voices of those in our community who are hurt by the presence of the Talbot Boys statue on the courthouse lawn and the symbolism that accompanies it.”, says Councilman Pete Lesher. “The relocation of the monument to a preserved Civil War battlefield where many of these men fought strikes a fair compromise – allowing the monument to be publicly accessible while removing it from view of the front door of our halls of justice.
In its new location, it will gain valuable context and interpretation that it has, until now, lacked, from a preservation organization with an established record of responsible stewardship. The quick fundraising response to the grassroots campaign to move the monument speaks volumes about the importance and urgency of this move for our community, and I want to thank all who stepped forward to make it happen.”
“The County Council’s decision to move forward with the Cross Keys Battlefield site in Virginia is wholly appropriate.”, says historian Dominic Terrone. “The site is on the hallowed ground of a civil war battlefield in a serene, picturesque environment. Under the leadership of Marylander Isaac R. Trimble, Confederates won a clear victory at Cross Keys as part of Stonewall Jackson’s famous Valley Campaign, and thus, it is a fitting place for the Talbot Boys monument.”