Assembling the Statue and Monument
The Paulding County Confederate Monument and Statue were assembled on May 22, 2012 at the Gazebo at Dallas Park.
Here is what the site looked like before the Monument was assembled. You can see the concrete base in the middle.
Baston Monuments of Elberton, Georgia carved the stone portion of the Monument from Georgia Granite. They used two trucks to bring the pieces of the Monument to Dallas. The Monument has five separate pieces of stone. The largest piece, seen here nearest the cab of the truck, weighs over five tons. Here is one truck.
Here is the second truck. At the left you can see the Statue. The Statue was crafted by Don Haugen.
Here is a closer view of the Statue on the truck
The Statue was crafted with fine details
Here you can see the details on the left side of the Statue
The shoes were made as realistically as possible
Crane Service was provided by Lighting of Georgia, based in Hiram
Here is the first piece of the Monument being lifted from the truck
Here is the first piece of the Monument being put into place. A great deal of time was spent making sure that this first piece was absolutely level
The second piece is put into place
The third and fourth pieces are in place
The final piece of the stone Monument is put into place
The Statue is lifted from the truck
For a few moments while the top of the Monument was prepared the Statue hung from the crane just above the ground
The face of the Statue
Boyd Austin, Mayor of Dallas and Member of the General William J. Hardee Camp #1397, poses with the Statue
Stevan Crew (at right) and Wayne Willingham, Camp Commander of the General William J. Hardee Camp #1397, pose with the Statue
The Statue is carefully put into place
The joints of the Statue and Monument are caulked
The Statue and Monument are now in place and ready to stand guard over Paulding County