(Sorry for being late, but it was also Fine Weather Tuesday before Crappy Rainy Wednesday. First things first.)
Gloria Victus, also known as Fame, is a bronze sculpture by Frederick Wellington Ruckstull, a French-born US sculptor and art critic. Born in the Alsace area of France in 1853, his family moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1855. Inspired by a sculpture exhibition, he studied art in St. Louis and later in Paris. Returning to New York City in 1892, he had early success, wining the Grand Medal for sculpture at the World’s Colombian Exhibition in 1893. After a long and successful career, he died in New York City in 1942.
A fair portion of his work was memorial statues for various Confederate memorials. Gloria Victus is one such, located near my home in Salisbury, NC. The statue was cast in 1891 but not erected in Salisbury until 1909, in a ceremony attended by Anna Morrison Jackson, the widow of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson, of “There stands Jackson like a stone wall! Rally ’round the Virginians!” fame. It was removed in 2020 during the civic unrest resulting from the death of a black man in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is being restored to viewing in a local cemetery that is the final resting place for a number of Confederate dead, although that work has been much delayed.