Monument to the Women of the Sixties, 1913, Thomson

This tribute, executed in Italian marble by the McNeel Monument Company, was placed by the veterans, the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Woman’s Club of Thomson to honor the women who kept the home front during the Civil War. Based on a sketch by Lucie Boyd Rivers, it features a young girl wearing homespun gathering the Confederate flag in her arms. It stands on a pedestal flanked by benches on both sides and originally contained a fountain, as well, but that has long been removed.  While the names of McDuffie County Civil War veterans are listed on the monument, it’s clear that this was specifically placed to honor women. It’s one of just a few such tributes in Georgia.

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