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Olaf Rye's Monument

Place:
Rye's Square (Ryes Plads)

Date of placement:
20th of August 1876

Artist:
Andreas Paulsen – a student of H. W. Bissen

Description and Background:

The memorial consists of a bronze bust placed on a granite base. It was erected in memory of general Olaf Rye who was killed during the battle at Fredericia on the 6th of July 1849. The front is ornamented by a sword and laurels in bronze. Olaf Rye is dressed in a loose drapery and a sword belt across from his right shoulder.

Olaf Rye was very popular among his soldiers and after his death a saying (euphemism) was made about killed soldiers that they had gone to Rye's brigade.

Inscription:

Olaf Rye

By Genral Rye's dead body

Captain C. A. Fjelstrup in his memories writes about the discovery of Olaf Rye´s body.

”(..) suddenly I walk into a rye field and discovers a General´s body. Right away I run to Colonel Arenfeldt and reports the finding. He didn´t recognize him at once but unbottened the coat and saw his golden watch with his name and exclaimed,” Oh my God. It is General Rye. He must not lie unguarded – be quiet Fjelstrup but stay until I send relief/reinforcement.” I´m not ashamed to say that the tears ran from both of us!

When I stood guard I said to myself, “Now he doesn´t become Commander of the Danish flag this time, this old man of honour – what a pity!”