We also paused at the grave of General Clement Anselm Evans — as providence would have it — named after two great post-apostolic church fathers. Also a Christian, Evans determined to enter the Gospel ministry when the war ended, if he survived. Courageous in battle, competent in command, he also rose through the officer ranks behind Gordon. As a Methodist preacher in the ante-bellum period, he also served in Confederate veterans organizations and civil government, as well as editing the Confederate Military History (CMH) and other written memorials to the men who served in the war from Georgia.
The Lion of Atlanta memorializes the unknown Confederate soldiers who lie in anonymous graves at Oakland, and in a sense, all the battlefields of the war. Modeled after the “Lion of Lucerne,” the great king of the beasts lies dead on a battleflag in a mourning posture. Carved from the local granite of Stone Mountain, it is a reminder that thousands of widows and orphans never knew where their fathers, brothers, uncles, cousins, and grandfathers were buried after they went off to defend their homes and hearths.