The statue depicts a soldier with his head bowed facing South towards the battlefields where his fallen Confederate comrades lost their lives. This aspect of the statue is unique from many others created in their era that faced enemies in the North. The soldier is a copy of the painting by John A. Elder that depicts the surrender of Robert E. Lee to General Ulysses S. Grant of the Union army at Appomattox Court House.
At the base of the statue is a concrete monument with the names of all 99 soldiers that died in during the battle of Appomattox Court House. The north side of the monument says,They died in the consciousness of duty faithfully performed. The south side of the monument says, Erected to the memory of Confederate dead of Alexandria, Va. by their Surviving Comrades, May 24th 1889. The ceremony of the statue was held on May 24, 1889.