Cumberland County Confederate Monument, Fayetteville
Mr. George Lauder, Builder
The monument consists of a white marble column with a cross at the top. The base of the column contains inscriptions on all four sides. It holds the distinction of being the oldest Confederate monument in North Carolina. Stanzas from the poem “The Bivouac of the Dead" by Theodore O’Hara appear on the front.
DEC. 30, 1868.
"Nor shall your glory be forgot, / While Fame her record keeps, / Or honor points the hallowed spot / Where valor proudly sleeps." /
"On Fames eternal camping ground / Their silent Tents are spread. / Rest on embalmed & sainted dead / Dear as the blood ye gave." /
WOMAN'S / record / to the / HEROES / in the dust /
IN / MEMORY / OF THE / CONFEDERATE / DEAD
Cross Creek Cemetery
December 30, 1868.
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The $300 to fund the monument was raised by a raffle for a quilt
The monument is also known as the Cross Creek Monument.
“The Bivouac of the Dead" by Theodore O’Hara is an elegiac poem that expresses feelings of melancholy, sorrow or lamentation—especially for a person or persons who are dead. Although O’Hara wrote “Bivouac” as a remembrance of the many casualties suffered in the Mexican War by the Second Kentucky Regiment of Foot Volunteers it seemed to capture the attention of a patriotic nation after the Civil War. It began to appear in various forms at Civil War battlefields and cemeteries across the county, including a monument in Lumberton, in Lenoir, and Goldsboro.
The monument is located in the Cross Creek cemetery
The date of dedication may have been added to the inscription later.