Lamar County

Paris, Texas


Original Cost: $5,000  Today's Dollars:  $123,000


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After the Civil War, the United Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy were very active in helping the old Civil War Veterans and began to erect monuments in their honor. Below is a listing of Confederate Monuments that are located in Texas by County. There are more than fifty Civil War statues and memorials located in Texas and hundreds throughout the South.  The United Confederate Veterans of Texas and The United Daughters of the Confederacy usually sponsored the construction of the Confederate monuments and statues, with the most popular design being the traditional statue of a confederate soldier who stands at parade rest on summits overlooking parks, cemeteries, and courthouse lawns throughout the state of Texas.  When the Confederate statues in Texas were being erected, may communities struggled for years raising the funds for the confederate monument to honor the veterans. Most of the Confederate Statues in Texas are over 100 years old and the quality of workmanship is incredible.  There are links to the different counties in Texas and we are trying to include photographs of monuments in every county along with photos of Confederate Veterans Reunions. If you have any photos or information that you would like to contribute please email us at These statues are truly a treasure and piece of Texas History.

Paris, Tex., has a handsome monument which was erected at a cost of five thousand dollars through the long and persistent efforts of the Daughters of the Confederacy. It is located in the courthouse yard. It is a sixteen-foot shaft of gray Texas granite with figures of bronze. The base is of solid blocks of granite which support large busts of President Davis, Gens. R. E. Lee, T. J. Jackson, and J. E. Johnston. The capping figure is a private soldier seven feet high in marching attitude. The monument is very handsome, and the citizens of Paris are justly proud of it.

One of the handsomest monuments erected to the private Confederate soldier by any one Chapter of the U. D. C. is that at Paris, Tex., built by the Lamar Chapter, No. 258, and recently unveiled with appropriate ceremonies. The monument is artistic, emblematic, and historic. It was designed by Capt. O. C. Connor, who has been the mainstay and support of the Daughters in their efforts to raise the $5,000 necessary to pay all expenses, $4,600 of this amount going to pay for the monument proper. The base, nine feet square, is of red Texas granite, and surmounting it are the gray Texas granite blocks and the bronze figure of the private soldier.
The impressiveness of the monument is not so much in the height, which is only twenty and a half feet, as it is the massive solidity of the structure and the admirably blended proportions of the whole. On the four sides of the sub-base are the bronze busts of President Davis, Gens. R. E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston, and Stonewall Jackson. Beneath each bust is an appropriate inscription, indicative of the man.

Mrs. 0. C. Connor, President of the Chapter, whose active and untiring efforts succeeded in building this magnificent monument, pulled the cord that dropped the veil from the figure, amid the applause of the vast assemblage, and Judge Rufus Hardy, of Corsicana, delivered the address. The busts of President Davis and his distinguished generals were unveiled separately. Mary, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Pierce, uncovered the bust of Mr. Davis, and Hon. W. Hodges delivered a eulogy on the life and character of the distinguished patriot and statesman. Hon. E. S. Connor paid a beautiful tribute to R. E. Lee, when the bunting fell exposing the beloved and well-known face of the greatest captain of modern times. The placid but stern face of Stonewall Jackson was unveiled by Miss Everita Bray, and Hon. Fred Dudley responded in an address vividly portraying the life and character of Lee’s greatest lieutenant. Private J. M. Long, who lost a leg at Shiloh, where Albert Sidney Johnston lost his life, responded when the bust of this distinguished soldier was uncovered. The proceedings were interspersed with recitations and vocal and instrumental music by the young people present.