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I have scoured the archives and am unable to find it. My apologies if I have mis-remembered the source of the post.
Here's a link to a black and white photo of Sir Moses's seated Poe Statue referenced by Col. Lang. The good photos seem to be copyrighted, but they can be viewed on the web. At the base is the inscription, taken from "The Raven",which applies equally well to both artists: Dreaming Dreams No Mortal Ever Dared To Dream Before
One of the greatest graduates of the Institution attended by Col. Lang and this writer was Sir Moses Ezekiel, a "New Market" cadet and sculptor of the Confederate Memorial at Arlington Cemetery, among many other celebrated sculptural pieces. Sir Moses lived and worked in Rome after the war and was actually knighted by the King of Italy as a "chevalier". He was also known at times as Moses (Ritter von) Ezekiel ["ritter" being the German word for knight. Although Chevalier Moses, perhaps, should not be addressed as "Sir" he is always referred to as such in VMI-iana. There are others on this blog, including Col. Lang, who have more expertise in the technicalities of "knighten-clature" than I do.
Literally scores, if not hundreds of Americans have been knighted by the British Crown. Many were military leaders who led the grand coalition to victory in World Wars I and II. Pershing, Patton, and Powell, Colin; Eisenhower, Bedell Smith, Bradley and Wild Bill Donovan. Later manifestations of this strain are Casper Weinberger and General Martin Dempsey. Even George C. Marshall accepted a Knighthood from King George VI. More recent honorees include Dean Rush, Senator Richard Lugar and Senator John Warner, but tend towards entertainers and philanthropists like Bill and Melinda Gates. Since Michael Bloomberg was knighted, the very competitive Donald will no doubt want a knighthood, too.
BillWade, It depends on who "we" are. We tend to forget that the revolutionary war was a civil war and, perhaps, as many as 40% of Americans supported the crown. One of my ancestors, John the Tory, the Attorney General of Virginia, sailed back to England at the beginning of the war because, among other things, he couldn't break his oath of allegiance to the crown. His son, Edmund, joined Washington as aide-de-camp and, for his service then and in the future to George Washington, was appointed first attorney-general of the United States. Other ancestors, and many other Virginia tories, sailed to Halifax after Yorktown and became Canadians. Kenneth Roberts in "Oliver Wiswell" chronicles the story of the expulsion/emigration of many loyalist families. But not all tories left; many were left behind and had to make their uneasy peace with republicanism. If memory serves me correctly, Col. Lang has written previously about the "tory strain" in American culture, politics and sociology, Perhaps, he will repost his essay. The soft-toryism of many Americans is reflected back to us in the continued obsession of many Americans with all things "royal". I have a hunch that President Trump is also a "soft tory" (as well as a "wet")and would like nothing better than a Knighthood from the Queen.
Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III at the Harmon Theatre for Performing Arts (directed by Studio Theatre’s David Muse) has caught a wave of popularity that draws on the American people’s innate fascination with anything having to do with the British... Continue reading
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