Memoria In Aeterna
Hillsborough County Courthouse grounds
This is I think the most profound verterans monument in Florida and one of the most significant in the nation for its deep symbolizm. It was erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy on the grounds of the old Hillsborough County Courthouse in downtown Tampa, on February 8, 1911. It was relocated in 1952 upon completion of the current courthouse building.
A state historical marker about this monument was placed at this site in 1997 following the 1996 restoration of the monument.
This monument is rich with symbolism, but the most profound elements are the two figures of a Confederate soldier--perhaps the same soldier--on the north and south sides of this monument.
On the north side, marching north to battle, is a young Confederate soldier who is confident in his mission and well equipped and walking proud. This soldier sports a wide brimmed hat and blanket roll and has musket at shoulder. On the south side, this same solider returns home, hat in hand, head bandaged, uniform in tatters, and using his musket as a cane or walking stick.