Monuments in McDuffie and Warren counties pay tribute to many sacrifices of men and women
By Brian Bowden

A quick drive through downtown Thomson or Warrenton and you might not even realize they were there, but they have been for many years. There are statues that tower over us, in a way watching our everyday lives as we come and go. These statues commemorate those that are long gone, but have paved the way for the lives that we have today.
Downtown Thomson has two prominent statues that stand out above the rest, simply because of their size.
The marble statue at the depot on Railroad Street depicts a woman holding a flag in her arms. She is commemorating the southern women of the Confederate-era and their efforts to "hold down the fort" while their husbands, brothers and sons were off fighting in the American Civil War. Women across the South took on new roles to support their families during that trying time. They also filled roles previously held by men.
The war, which lasted from 1861 to 1865, was fought mainly over slavery and involved the Confederates (the South) pitted against the Union (the North). It was a war that netted over 600,000 deaths.

To read more on this story, pick up the Thursday, July 10, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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