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Robert E. Lee Memorial - A Different Perspective

Discussion in 'Civil War History - General Discussion' started by 18thVirginia, Jan 11, 2017.

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    Many memorials are located on a special avenue, on the grounds of a public building, on a large, spacious median, in a park—even sometimes a “parkette.” Occasionally, as a city or community grows up around the statue, it becomes a small part of the urban landscape.

    The Robert E. Lee Memorial in New Orleans has been the subject of much controversy in recent years. It’s often photographed by itself and the photos don’t display the busy traffic circle in which this monument has long resided. I’ve taken photographs like that, but on this visit to New Orleans, we were photographing a bridge in the opposite direction and turned to see Robert E. Lee from a different perspective. I thought it might be interesting to see the general in his circular spot in the urban landscape.

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    New Orleans was a genuine city, one of the largest in the U. S. at the time of the Civil War and what is now “Lee Circle was something called “Tivoli Circle” at the time. The great mansions of New Orleans and the two universities that stand side by side, Tulane and Loyola, are located in what’s called “The Garden District” or “Uptown.” (The four directions in NOLA are ‘uptown,’ ‘downtown,’ ‘riverside’ and bayside’) Lee Circle today marks the start of the Garden District just as in an earlier era.

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    Tivoli Gardens, now Lee Circle, in 1880.
     
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    N_LeeCircle_MardiGras_1901_infrogmation_ed.jpg

    Lee Circle in 1901 at Mardi Gras.
     
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    Robert E. Lee Memorial in the urban landscape.
     
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    During the Civil War, Union troops were camped at Tivoli Circle, which was the place where Mardi Gras parades lined up to start. It became Lee Circle in 1910, with the dedication of the Robert E. Lee Monument.
     
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    N_Library_LeeCircle_1917_eee.jpg

    The New Orleans Library at Lee Circle, 1917.

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    Library, 1920s
     
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    N_LeeCircle_StCharles_lkg_tw_downtown_busdis_1953_ed-495x328.jpg

    "Downtown" view from Lee Circle in 1953
     
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    As a big fan of New Orleans, I love this post. The pictures are so interesting. New Orleans has a rich history that often goes unexplored. I'm a big General Longstreet fan and little seems to be known (or shared) about his time there after the Civil War (i.e. the exact location of his home). He seems largely ignored in their history although he was very active there. Thanks for sharing this perspective of the General Lee memorial. It is indeed unique.
     
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    We were on the top floor of the Ogden Museum, shooting photos of the Crescent City Connection and looked out to see this view of the Lee Monument. St. Charles Avenue is the main street through the Garden District, where the street cars travel. Tulane and Loyola Universities are along St. Charles and the great Mardi Gras parades move down the Avenue.

    Glad you're enjoying the photos.

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    A postcard of Lee Circle from an earlier era.
     
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    N_LeeCircle_StCharles_HotelBienville_1941_ed-400x234.jpg

    A view from 1941.
     
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    That's lovely.
     
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    Here's the view in the other direction, toward the WWII Museum and the Crescent City Connection. For those who study the naval war, that's toward the Westbank and Algiers (which is west of the city at some place on the River).

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    And a back view of the General, looking toward Downtown from the edge of the Garden District/Uptown.
     
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