Supporters of both the Union and the Confederacy saw their respective sides as heirs to the Revolutionary generation. Unionists felt they were saving the democratic republic created by the nation’s founders, while Confederates looked to George Washington as their inspiration in rebelling against an oppressive government. The Confederate seal, commemorating the C.S.A. elections of 1862, was formally adopted in 1863. It featured the George Washington statue at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, surrounded by examples of Southern cash crops, including cotton, tobacco, sugar and rice, and the motto Deo vindice (God is our Vindicator).