11th Mississippi Infantry Bronze Statue
by William N. Beckwith, Taylor Mississippi
(Located on the west side of West Confederate Avenue. )
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The statue as viewed from the west. West Confederate Avenue in the background.
(The sculptor's wish was to have the monument displayed approx. 6 to 7 feet above the ground as today the monument is approx. 2 to 3 feet)
The sculptor has displayed the strength and courage required for the southern soldiers on the afternoon of July 3rd to step out and over Seminary Ridge and begin their attack on the northern line almost a mile to the east.
The Regimental flag was given to the members before leaving their home towns for the front. These were often dedicated with great ceremony and many promises were given to never let these flags fall into enemy hands. Here we can see the sculptor has O’Brien holding firmly to the “sacred banner” of the 11th Mississippi.
The sculptor, Beckwith, included a "dent" in the tin cup displayed on the monument. These features add to the realistic appearance on the monument. It also keeps the viewer searching for more details.Wanting to not disappoint, Beckwith included William O'Brien's initials (upside down) on the cup as shown above.
Note the braided appearance on the hatcord and the well worn look of the hat.
O'Brien urges his comrades forward!
The cloth cover on the canteen is adorned with the number 11, for the 11th Regiment of Mississippi Infantry. Also note the canteen has several "dents" from use. The canteen depicted on the statue is the more common tin "drum" type canteen. It is the details noted above that the viewer can discover while studying the subject. Also the intensity and determination of the "moment" is captured in this wonderful bronze statue.
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