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  • Monument Name

    Confederate Soldiers Monument, High Point

  • Type

    Obelisk

  • Subjects

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • Creator

    J.H. Neese, Greensboro, NC, Builder

  • City

    High Point

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    The Confederate Dead monument in Oakwood Cemetery is an obelisk of Georgia marble. The obelisk stands on a triple base with a die stone and cap and is 15-ft. total height. The area around the base has been filled with concrete and a Confederate battle flag has been painted. The monument is centered where the flag’s stars and bars cross. The monument marks the mass grave of men who died at the Barbee House which had been used as a Confederate Hospital and had been buried at various places around High Point. They were gathered and re-interred in 1867.

  • Inscription

    Erected by / Guilford Council / No. 23 Jr. O.U.A.M. / 1899.

    Confederate Dead

  • Custodian

    Oakwood Cemetary

  • Dedication Date

    July 4, 1899

  • Decade

    1890s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.966910 , -80.007850 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Confederate Soldiers Monument. Confederate Dead," The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed October 4, 2017) Link

      "Oakwood Cemetery High Point," by Guilford County, NCGenWeb, ncgenweb.us, (accessed October 4, 2017) Link

      "Reared to Heroes of the Lost Cause," The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), July 5, 1899, 1-2 Link

      "State News," The Semi-Weekly Landmark (Statesville, NC), July 7, 1899

      "Statues and Monuments on Union Square," NC Historic Sites, (accessed February 8, 2012) Link

      "To Unveil Monument," The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), June 25, 1899 Link

      Butler, Douglas J. North Carolina Civil War Monuments, An Illustrated History, (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2013), 12-13, 37, 202

      [Contract with J.H. Neese], The Greensboro Patriot (Greensboro, NC), February 8, 1899

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Georgia marble

  • Sponsors

    Guildford Council #23, Junior Order United American Mechanics

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The unveiling ceremony at the cemetery was canceled due to rain and the speeches moved to the opera house. Mayor J.J. Cox delivered the welcome address followed by Professor George Crowell delivering a presentation speech. The monument dedication speech was given by F.C. Robbins of Lexington. Julian Carr gave the featured speech titled "Confederate Soldier and His Monument."

  • Location

    The monument is located in Oakwood Cemetery, also known as Oakwood Memorial Park, or Oakwood Municipal Cemetery, at 512 Steele St, High Point, NC.

  • Landscape

    The obelisk is surrounded by shady trees and graveyards.

  • Death Space

    Yes

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