Augustus Lukeman

Augustus Lukeman



After dismissing Gutzon Borglum over disagreements about the use of funds from the sale of the Confederate Half Dollar, the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial Association hired Augustus Lukeman to replace him as chief sculptor. Left with a half finished carving and no models, Lukeman was forced to start over completely. He dynamited off most of Borglum's work and made plans for an even more ambitious monument, complete with memorial hall and reflecting pool. Lukeman worked swiftly and efficiently, but when the Venable family reclaimed the property in 1928, he had completed only Lee's head and Davis' head and outlined Lee's and Davis' bodies and Lee's famous war-horse Traveler.

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