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  • Monument Name

    Alamance County Confederate Monument, Graham

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    Civil War

  • Creator

    McNeel Marble Co., Supplier

  • City

    Graham

  • County

    Alamance

  • Description

    The monument has a single column mounted on a square base with the entire structure standing approximately thirty feet high. At the top of the column is a stalwart Confederate soldier at parade 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 | Vintage postcard image

  • Inscription

    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.

  • Custodian

    Alamance County

  • Dedication Date

    May 16, 1914

  • Decade

    1910s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.069540 , -79.400350 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Alamance County Confederate Memorial," The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed February 6, 2011) Link

      "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, (accessed December 12, 2012) 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

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    The base and column are made of Winslow granite while the figure is carved out of Italian marble.

  • Sponsors

    The Graham Chapter, The United Daughters of the Confederacy

  • Monument Cost

    $2,100

  • Location

    It is located in Court Square, on the north side of the Alamance County Courthouse.

  • Landscape

    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.

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