Publication of Mr. Borglum's report to the U.D.C. ladies attracted attention throughout the country and across the seas. In all the history of art there had never been produced a thing so great, so splendid, so daring, so indestructible and imperishable. The nearest approach to it was the dream of Alexander the Great of transforming Mount Athos into a sculptured monument to his vainglorious conquests.
A movement was started to raise the fund to carry into effect Mr. Borglum's plan, but the European War intervened and the United States was drawn into it, and the period of reconstruction followed, so it was not until April, 1923, that an opportune moment presented itself to begin definite work.
Meanwhile, there had been organized and chartered the Stone Mountain Confederate
Monumental Association Mr. Samuel Hoyt Venable and his family, who own Stone Mountain,
had generously made a deed of gift covering the northern side of the mountain to be used for the
purpose of carving the Memorial.