Robert E. Lee Monument
This monument on Dixie Highway, Franklin, Ohio, is the only monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee north of the Ohio River.
The huge stone with a bronze plaque is on the south side of Franklin at the crest of Cemetery Hill, at the intersection of the Old Dixie Highway and Hamilton-Middletown Road.
The monument honors the Commander-in-Chief of the Confederate Army during the War Between the States. A Franklin businessman, Barry Brown, was instrumental in establishing this memorial to General Lee in 1927. Brown's family was from the South and he was proud of the fact that Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, the parents of Abraham Lincoln, were married in a cabin owned by his mother's family.
Barry Brown had deep respect for General Lee, as did many others in the North. Lee was known as a "Gentleman's Gentleman" and did much to heal the wounds left after the Union's invasion of the Confederate States of America during the War for Southern Independence.
The plate on front of the monument has an etching of General Lee on his horse, Traveller. The inscription reads:
Erected and Dedicated by the
United Daughters of the Confederacy
In Loving Memory of Robert E. Lee
and to Mark the Route of the
"The shaft memorial and highway straight attest his worth -- he cometh to his own."
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