Walter Hancock

Walker Kirtland Hancock of Gloucester, Mass., took over as chief carver on the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial in 1963 after having been selected by the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial Advisory Committee from an international competition held in 1960. Carving commenced in 1964 under the eye of the chief carver and was completed by 1972. Hancock used Augustus Lukeman's models and sketches for the basis of his design of the carving. He made only slight modifications on the second sculptor's plans. These alterations included the lowering of the head of Robert E. Lee's horse, Traveller, so that Jefferson Davis could occupy a more prominant postion in the carving, and the omission of the horses legs from the finished carving.

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