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  • Monument Name

    Confederate Monument, Lexington

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    Civil War

  • City

    Lexington

  • County

    Davidson

  • Description

    The monument has a square granite base that supports a marble column. A Confederate soldier stands in contrapposto in full uniform on top of the column. He wears a hat and holds his rifle firmly in both hands. A confederate flag, seemingly blowing in the wind, is carved into the column of the base below the letters "C.S.A." Inscriptions regarding those soldiers lost in the war are located on the square base of the monument.

    Images: Contemporary view | Rear view | Front plaque | Rear plaque

  • Inscription

    Front: ERECTED BY / THE ROBERT E. LEE CHAPTER / OF THE / DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY / NO. 324 / SEPT. 14, 1905. / OUR CONFEDERATE DEAD

    Rear: SLEEP SWEETLY IN YOUR HUMBLE GRAVES / SLEEP MARTYRS OF A FALLEN CAUSE. / FOR LO A MARBLE COLUMN GRAVES. / THE PILGRIM HERE TO PAUSE. / 1861-65.

  • Dedication Date

    September 14, 1905

  • Decade

    1900s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.823760 , -80.253300 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Lexington: Courthouse" in the North Carolina County Photographic Collection #P0001, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Link

      "Main and Center Streets, Lexington, N.C." Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (accessed January 7, 2014) Link

      Davidson County Historical Museum. "History of the Square, Lexington, North Carolina," (accessed December 4, 2014) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Fifth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division, Held in Charlotte, N.C., October 9, 10, 11, 1901, (Raleigh, NC: Capital Printing Company, 1902), 113, (accessed May 23, 2012) Link

      Waymarking.com. "Confederate Monument, Lexington, NC," (accessed January 28, 2011) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Marble column, granite base

  • Sponsors

    Robert E. Lee Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy No. 324. In 1990s, the Historical Association and the United Daughters of the Confederacy designated the Historical Museum as the administrator of the statue.

  • Monument Cost

    In 1992 the Davidson County Historical Association awarded a $2,500 grant to the Davidson County Historical Museum for the restoration of the Confederate Soldier, which was heavily discolored and weakened from various falls from its pedestal prior to 1950.

  • Location

    Located directly across the street from the Old Davidson County Courthouse, 2 S. Main Street, Lexington, NC.

  • Former Locations

    The monument used to be located in the center of a traffic circle, but it was moved after being hit by cars. It is now in Lexington Square in front of the Old Davidson County Courthouse.

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