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  • Monument Name

    Confederate Monument at Forsyth County Courthouse, Winston-Salem

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    Civil War

  • Creator

    James Alfred Blum, Designer

  • City

    Winston-Salem

  • County

    Forsyth

  • Description

    A Confederate soldier stands in uniform holding a rifle with its butt resting on the ground. The sculpture rests on a column that is decorated with two trumpets and a rosette containing the United Daughters of the Confederacy emblem. The sculpture itself is 6' tall by 2'6" wide, on a base 24' high by 6' wide.

  • Inscription

    Front: ERECTED BY THE JAMES B. GORDON CHAPTER / UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY / OCTOBER 1905 / WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -and lower in raised letters- OUR CONFEDERATE/ DEAD.

    Left: AS SOUTHERN SOLDIERS OF THE WAR OF 1861-1865, THEY SHARE THE FAME THAT MANKIND AWARDS TO THE HEROES WHO SERVED IN THAT GREAT CONFLICT.

    Right: IN CAMP ON FAME’S ETERNAL CAMPING GROUND.

    Rear: SLEEPING, BUT GLORIOUS / DEAD IN FAME’S PORTAL / DEAD BUT VICTORIOUS / DEAD BUT IMMORTAL / THEY GAVE US GREAT GLORY /WHAT MORE COULD THEY GIVE? / THEY LEFT US A STORY, / A STORY TO LIVE!

  • Custodian

    City of Winston-Salem

  • Dedication Date

    October 3, 1905

  • Decade

    1900s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.098330 , -80.244960 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Confederate Soldier (Sculpture)," Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museum, (accessed January 29, 2011) Link

      "Forsyth County - Winston Salem," Roads and Riders, (accessed February 14, 2011) Link

      Domby, Adam H. "'Loyal to the Core from the First to the Last:' Remembering the Inner Civil War of Forsyth County, North Carolina, 1862-1876," Masters Thesis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011

      Folder 13 in Alfred M. Waddell Papers, #743, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 14-21 Link

      Seippel, Janet Blum. "History of the James B. Gordon Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy," United Daughters of the Confederacy, Forsyth County," (accessed January 30, 2011) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Third Annual Meeting of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division Held in Henderson, N.C., October 11-12, 1899 (Raleigh, N.C.: Capital Printing Company, Printers and Binders, 1900), 57, (accessed September 12, 2012) Link

      Waddell, Alfred M. Speech given to “James B Gordon Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy,” in Folder 13 of Alfred M. Waddell Papers, #743, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see scans 1-8 Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    United Daughters of the Confederacy, James B. Gordon Chapter #211. Mrs. R. J. Reynolds and Mrs. J. K. Norfleet contributed $100 each. Fundraisers for the monument included the first motion picture ever shown in Winston-Salem.

  • Monument Cost

    $3,000

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Alfred M. Waddell gave the dedication speech, which praised the loyalty of Forsyth County residents to the Confederacy.

  • Subject Notes

    The monument is dedicated to Confederate soldiers killed during the Civil War.

  • Location

    The monument is located in the northwest corner of the Forsyth County Court House square.

  • Post Dedication Use

    The monument was enclosed by a fence in 1906; the fence was removed in the early 1920s.

  • Approval Process

    The effort to bring a Confederate monument to the Courthouse Square of Winston-Salem began in 1903. Dr. James Alfred Blum’s sketch for the monument design was approved shortly after. The UDC’s goal was to fund a monument costing no more than $3,000.

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