TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – A new monument in Tampa was erected with a nod to those who fought for both the Confederacy and the Union.
The Tampa Bay Times reports the new memorial features two granite obelisks mounted with informational plaques and separated by a few dozen feet of blue marble meant to symbolize the Hillsborough river.
It was dedicated Saturday at a park. Until Saturday, Veterans Memorial Park included monuments honoring local veterans from nearly every major American conflict – but no major monument dedicated to the Civil War.
In March, a Confederate monument was relocated from the grounds of a Florida courthouse in downtown Tampa to a private cemetery.
Some 15,000 Floridians fought for the Confederacy during the war, and 2,000 more fought for the Union.