The Associated Press
RICHMOND, Va. - Abraham Lincoln is returning to the capital of the Confederacy, much to the chagrin of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Five days before the Civil War ended in April 1865, the president and his youngest child, Tad, traveled to still-smoldering Richmond soon after Southern forces abandoned the city in flames. On April 5, 2003, the 138th anniversary of that visit, a bronze statue of the pair commissioned by the United States Historical Society will be unveiled at the Civil War Visitor Center of the National Park Service.
"Here is a national hero, a small boy, and a beautiful city by the James River, all united again," said Robert Kline, chairman of the nonprofit group society, which works on behalf of museums and other groups on projects of historic and artistic value. "This time Lincoln's in Richmond for all time."
Richmond, home to towering statues of Confederacy figures including Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart, was abandoned after Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant attacked on April 2, 1965.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans view the Lincoln statue as "a slap in the face of a lot of brave men and women who went through four years of unbelievable hell fighting an invasion of Virginia led by President Lincoln," Brag Bowling, the SCV Virginia commander, said Thursday. The group had only recently learned of the statue, and had no immediate plans to protest.
The life-size statue by sculptor David Frech will show Lincoln and his son on a bench against a granite wall. The words "To Bind Up The Nation's Wounds" will be etched into a capstone.
TOP LOCAL HEADLINES
Brent Spence Bridge is nearly out of time
Big Boom spawns many a big bash
Big names on VIP list for Cinergy demolition
Home values jump 2%-48%
Coalition pushes for discounts on drugs
Powerball winner plans to share $111M
Car Control Clinic inspired by teen deaths
Court holds $1.9M in unclaimed funds
Sycamore community center revisited
School follows Buckeye theme
AROUND THE TRISTATE
Cultural program opens Kwanzaa
Race tickets cost more, easier to get
Tristate A.M. Report
Good News: Students get a taste of music in jam sessions
Obituary: Harrison Warrener ran insurance firm
BRONSON: Cook your own news this week
SMITH AMOS: Emergency contraceptives do their job
Ex-husband charged in beating
College will buy homes to protect neighborhood
Boy's collection to fund scholars
House fire leaves family with nothing
Ky. Dems mobilize for 2003
Police search for suspect in Christmas Eve killing
Lincoln statue won't be embraced by all
Old theaters renovated to spruce up downtowns
Three longtime staffers of Jewish newspaper retiring