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The Last Ride

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Infamous cavalry statue takes its last ride to Poolesville to stand guard at White's Ferry

Confederate Statue 2Workmen remove the Confederate Cavalry statue to take it to its new resting place near White's Ferry. FILE PHOTO  

ROCKVILLE – Friday was a last hurrah for a 104-year-old Rockville statue representing an increasingly more distant past.

After two years of controversy and public debates a County contractor moved Rockville’s Confederate statue Tuesday to its new home at White’s Ferry outside of Poolesville. The statue, depicting a confederate cavalryman – and modeled after a former Rockville mayor, was taken from its home at the old Rockville “Red Brick” Courthouse where it had stayed for many years. The statue arrived at White’s Ferry on Tuesday.

For years Rockville and County residents debated the appropriateness of the statue, which for the last 104 years stood in downtown Rockville as a memorial to the County’s confederate Civil War veterans.

While the statue was the centerpiece of discussion for many Rockville City Council meetings, only about half a dozen County resident gathered on Friday to give the statue a farewell topped with a Champaign toast to a monument of Rockville’s past.

“I actually had relatives that fought for the Confederacy from Montgomery County, so this is actually part of my culture,” said Bethesda resident David King, who is a member of the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

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On The Road Again

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Confederate statue will head north and join Jubal Early ferry in Dickerson

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The last battle of the Civil War in the County is perhaps finally over.

After deciding to remove the Confederate soldier statue about a year ago, the County found a new home for it Tuesday, deciding to relocate the statue to White’s Ferry in Dickerson.

The statue, built in 1913 with donations from the Daughters of the Confederacy, was dedicated to County residents who fought for the South during the Civil War. The inscription on the statue reads, “To Our Heroes of Montgomery County Maryland: That We Through Life May Not Forget to Love the Thin Gray Line.”

Currently, the statue sits next to the Old Brick Courthouse in downtown Rockville, surrounded by a wooden box covering part of the statue to prevent graffiti.

“I fully understand that the statue reflects a piece of County history and that many County residents are proud of the sacrifices and bravery shown by their ancestors,” said County Executive Ike Leggett, who was in favor of moving the statue. “Nonetheless, as originally enacted, it was not and is not part of the heritage of all of our residents. When originally constructed and placed on County property, it failed to reflect both sides of this unfortunate struggle in our history.”

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