Monuments of Victory

Northern Civil War monuments included very few human female figures.   Selected monuments or statues commemorate nurses, but most female forms that appear on monuments erected in the North during this period are allegorical figures, enrobed Classical Aryan figures.  These female figures are strong—appearing more muscular and more dominant than the sentinel soldiers–and are often clothed in togas, with symbols of victory and peace: laurel wreaths, olive branches, trumpets or swords pointed earthward.  Such idealization of war’s end, harking back to the Classical period, casts the lofty achievements of peace, victory, and reconciliation as timeless.