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Confederate-dead monument gets new home

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Two-plus years after it was first set in place, a monument to 51 Confederate soldiers buried along Fredericksburg’s Barton Street has a new, noncontroversial location.

The waist-high granite block was moved early this morning across the street to the grounds of the Maury Commons condominiums, across Barton Street from its first site.

The new spot is about 35 feet from the first site, which ran into opposition from the Fredericksburg Area Veterans Council, after it was placed in the grassy triangle that’s home to the Fredericksburg Area War Memorial honoring local military personnel killed in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

In April, the Sons of Confederate Veterans lost its lawsuit against the city of Fredericksburg over the memorial’s placement, meaning it would have to be moved.

The Matthew Fontaine Maury Camp No. 1722 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans had originally wanted to put its memorial at the Barton Street site near old Maury School but couldn’t get permission from the contractor converting the building into condos.

Camp members said they plan to rededicate the granite monument, which includes a bronze plaque naming the men buried there during the Civil War, at a later date.