Alamance County Confederate Monument, Graham
The monument has a single column mounted on a square base and stands about 29 feet high. At the top of the column is a stalwart Confederate soldier “at rest,” looking north. He steps forward with his left foot while resting the butt of his rifle near his feet. The column is engraved with a pair of Confederate flags. At the bottom of the column is a pedestal on which four round orbs sit.
Inside the concrete base of the monument is a copper box containing the names of 1,100 Confederate soldiers in the Civil War from Alamance and the names of contributors to the monument’s fund. It also holds a number of confederate relics including Confederate money, papers of that day, several old coins and the names of the members of the Graham Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy.
Images: View of column and statue from side | Front view of statue | North and east inscriptions | South and east inscriptions | South inscription | Vintage postcard image
North face: TO COMMEMORATE WITH GRATEFUL LOVE THE PATRIOTISM, VALOR, AND DEVOTION TO DUTY, OF THE BRAVE SOLDIERS OF ALAMANCE COUNTY, THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF THE GRAHAM CHAPTER, UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY / OUR CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS
South face: ON FAME'S ETERNAL CAMPING GROUND, THEIR SILENT TENTS ARE SPREAD, AND GLORY GUARDS, WITH SOLEMN ROUND, THE BIVOUAC OF THE DEAD. / 1861. C. S. A. 1865.
East face: FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH, THEY ARE CROWNED WITH IMMORTAL GLORY.
West face: CONQUERED THEY CAN NEVER BE, WHOSE SPIRITS AND WHOSE SOULS ARE FREE.
May 16, 1914
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"Historical Postcard Collection," Alamance Libraries, (accessed February 6, 2011) Link
"Major London’s Address," The Alamance Gleaner, (Alamance, NC), May 28, 1914. Link
"Programme for Unveiling Confederate Monument," The Alamance Gleaner (Alamance, NC), May 7, 1914 Link
"Street Scene Showing Confederate Monument, Graham, NC" in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill Link
Jordan, Paul. "Alamance County Confederate Memorial," The Historical Marker Database, (accessed February 6, 2011) Link
Smith, Blanche Lucas. North Carolina's Confederate Monuments and Memorials, (Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1941)
United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Eighteenth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy North Carolina Division, Held at Raleigh, North Carolina, October 14, 15, 16, 1914 (Goldsboro, N.C.: Nash Bros. Printers and Binders, 1914), 94, (accessed September 6, 2012) Link
The base and column are made of Winslow granite while the figure is carved out of Italian marble.
The Graham Chapter, The United Daughters of the Confederacy
It is located in Court Square, on the north side of the Alamance County Courthouse.
Monument lies across from the Sesquicentennial Garden and in close proximity to various old establishments of Graham, such as Wrike Drug and The Harden House.