A Tale of Two Statues

I posted this a few years ago but since it’s 4th of July time and American history discussions are taking place all over the media, it seems like a good time to re-post. Enjoy!

Kickin' Hun Butt

Kickin' Hun Butt

Driving through Rhinebeck, NY, my eyes fell upon this chunk of manhood you see to the left. It’s dedicated to the town’s fallen soldiers of all wars. I’m assuming that it was originally dedicated to the War To End All Wars, probably done in the 1920s/30s. He’s someone Stan Lee would draw as a WWI superhero.

Arms which worked on upper New York farm fields or in the factories along Lake Ontario’s shores. Legs that jumped over any No Man’s Land seen along the French/Belgium border. He’s fully loaded, if you know what mean. What’s that he’s reaching for in his UTILITY BELT? Ammo? Grenades? Nobody wears a gas mask around his neck like this soldier. French Dames and English Roses fainted at the sight of him and the Von Schliefen plan didn’t have a chance against this guy. And there is no words for his stance. Wow…

At the site of him, I made Hubby (who is a chunk of manhood in his own right) stop the car. Rhinebeck is in a rural area though the town seems slightly upscale. I like a municipality that isn’t ashamed of their veterans.

Hailing a Cab?

Hailing a Cab?

The same can’t be said for Brunswick, Maine. They claim one of the most Butt-Kickin’ Union generals of all time, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, hero of Little Round Top. I could go on for hours about this man. How does Brunswick celebrate him? Look at his statue to the left. Chamberlain was a Bowdoin College professor who left a comfortable job and loving family to fight. He fought with the “Soul of a Lion.” Does the man to the left give you that impression?

Not only does he look tired and his uniform ill-fitting but where’s his accoutrements of war? The original statue had Chamberlain holding a sword. The good citizens of Brunswick thought that was TOO MILITARY. Instead, he’s holding his hat. He looks older than his actual age during the Civil War.
Make your own commentary for these two depictions of manhood and soldiering. I know which one I prefer.

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