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  • Monument Name

    Confederate Monument, Lexington

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • Creator

    Carolina Marble and Granite Company, Statesville, NC, Builder

  • City

    Lexington

  • County

    Davidson

  • Description

    The monument has a square granite base and column. A Confederate soldier stands in contrapposto in full uniform on top of the column. He wears a slouch 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." Carved on the sides of the plinth cap are drum-sticks, an anchor and crossed cannon and swords. Inscriptions regarding those soldiers lost in the war are located on the square base of the monument.

    Images (courtesy of Natasha Smith): Contemporary view | Rear view | Front inscription | Rear inscription

  • 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

    35.823750 , -80.253330 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

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

      "Folder 0438: Lexington: Courthouse: Scan 08", 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

      Butler, Douglas J. North Carolina Civil War Monuments, An Illustrated History, (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2013), 129-131

      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

      “In Memory of Southern Heroes,” News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), September 15, 1905

      “Our Confederate Dead,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed September 11, 2017) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Vermont Barry granite shaft and base, bronze statue

  • 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

    $2,025. 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.

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Cyrus B. Watson of Winston-Salem was orator for the event held during the annual reunion of the A.P. Hill Camp of Confederate Veterans. Prior to the unveiling 300 veterans, among a crowd of several thousand in attendance, received Crosses of Honor. Two veterans, C.V.M. Thompson and C.A. Hunt with the assistance of two of their grandchildren unveiled the monument. Music was provided by the Lexington Silver Cornet Band.

  • Location

    The Lexington Square located at the intersection of Main and Center streets is home to the Historic Davidson County courthouse along with several memorials and markers. The Confederate Dead monument stands in the southeast quadrant of the square, at the intersection of S Main and E Center streets. The northeat quadrant (intersection of E Center and N Main streets) hosts memorials to Davidson County Vietnam War and Afghanistan Veterans, WWII and Korean Veterans, and WWI Veterans who died in the Great War. A marker to Daniel Boone and Nathanael Greene stands on the northwest quadrant (intersection of W Center and N Main streets) right by Captain Benjamin Merrill and City of Lexington memorials.

  • Landscape

    The memorial is surrounded by shady trees and bushes.

  • Former Locations

    The monument used to be located in the center of a traffic circle, but it was moved after being hit by cars.

  • Post Dedication Use

    The Davidson County Veterans Council holds annual Memorial Day services at Lexington Square in downtown Lexington.

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