West Virginia State Capitol Complex Walking Tour


Mountaineer Soldier Statue

Historic Sites, Monuments, Landmarks, and Public Art ()
In response to dedication of a statue honoring Clarksburg native and Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson at the old State Capitol in downtown Charleston, WV, veterans of the Union side received an equivalent statue by Henry Kirke Bush-Brown in 1912. The bronze statue depicts a pro-Union citizen militiaman carrying a flag, while the two reliefs on the base depict Mountaineer home life.

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Backstory

The Mountaineer Soldier statue is located on the lawn of the West Virginia State Capitol. It was unveiled at the old State Capitol on Capitol Street in downtown Charleston on December 10, 1912. The guiding force for this monument was Col. William Seymour Edwards, speaker of the WV House of Delegates in the 1890s. Edwards personally helped raise funds for the project. The Mountaineer Statue was a symbol of the men of Western Virginia who formed themselves into Home Guards and responded to President Lincoln's call to arms in 1861. By their actions they helped to save Western Virginia for the Union.  

It took sculptor Henry K Bush-Brown, two years to find the model and three years to actually sculpt the statue. The eight-foot monument was dedicated by Colonel Edwards "To the hallowed memories of the brave men and devoted women who saved West Virginia to the Union."

1900 Kanawha Blvd E
Charleston, WV 25305

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Sources
Wallace, Jim, A History of the West Virginia Capitol: The House of State. The History Press, 2012.

Cohen, Stan and Richard Andre, Capitols of West Virginia: A Pictorial History. Charleston, WV: Pictorial Histories Publishing, 1989.