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  • Monument Name

    Confederate Monument, Louisburg

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • Creator

    Suffolk Marble Works, VA, Builder

  • City

    Louisburg

  • County

    Franklin

  • Description

    This monument is an obelisk with a statue of a soldier on top of it. Inscriptions adorn all four faces of the base of the monument. Above these inscriptions, a confederate flag is carved into the stone of the tall column upon which the uniformed soldier, firmly gripping his gun in both hands, stands.

  • Inscription

    Front: DEO VINDICE. / WHEN CAN THEIR GLORY FADE? O THE WILD CHARGE THEY MADE ALL THE WORLD WONDERED. / 1861-1865 / TO OUR CONFEDERATE DEAD

    Other inscriptions on the faces of the base: IN MEMORY OF FRANKLIN'S CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS THAT THEIR HEROIC DEEDS, SUBLIME SACRIFICE AND UNDYING DEVOTION TO DUTY AND COUNTRY MAY NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES AND FORTUNES FOR CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERTY AND STATE SOVEREIGNTY IN OBEDIENCE TO THE TEACHINGS OF THE FATHERS, WHO FRAMED THE CONSTITUTION AND ESTABLISHED THE UNION OF THESE STATES. / AT APPOMATTOX GOD SAID TO THE CONFEDERATE SOLDIER "ABOUT FACE". IN OBEDIENCE TO THE CELESTIAL ORDER THERE WAS A CHANGE OF FRONT, AND THE GRAY LINE FACED THE FUTURE UNASHAMED AND UNAFRAID.

  • Custodian

    Although located on the campus of Louisburg College, the monument is owned by the town of Louisburg.

  • Dedication Date

    May 13, 1914

  • Decade

    1910s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.104230 , -78.297260 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Confederate Veteran 19 (1911), 520 Link

      Confederate Veteran, 22 (1914), 537 Link

      Butler, Douglas J. North Carolina Civil War Monuments, An Illustrated History, (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2013), 153-154, 223

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Eighteenth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy North Carolina Division, Held at Raleigh, North Carolina, October 14, 15, 16, 1914 (Goldsboro, N.C.: Nash Bros. Printers and Binders, 1914), 88, (accessed September 6, 2012) Link

      Willard, George-Ann. Franklin County Sketchbook, (Louisburg: Franklin County-Louisburg Bicentenary Committee, 1982)

      “Franklin Rears Shaft to Grays,” News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), May 14, 1914

      “Franklin’s Confederate Soldiers Monument,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed September 11, 2017) Link

      “Monument Unveiled,” The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), May 16, 1914

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite and bronze

  • Sponsors

    Joseph J. Davis Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy

  • Monument Cost

    $3,000-3,500

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    An elaborate parade with floats that “were bearers of tender memories” preceded the unveiling ceremony. One held a priest, veiled bride and soldier in uniform that represented the separation of those called to duty. As the float passed by the viewing stand the band played “Annie Laurie.” The next float held a camp scene with the band playing “Tenting Tonight.” Wounded and home from the front, women at home and “old folks” at home floats with themed songs followed. The final float held the “boys” returning from war as the band played “Home, Sweet Home.” Between each float rode mounted guards from Franklin County townships. The parade also featured the Third Regiment Band.

    Attorney General W.T. Bickett (later governor) was master of ceremonies for the service held before a crowd estimated at 5,000 people. Four grand-daughters of Confederate veterans pulled cords to unveil the monument. Mrs. John P. Winston local UDC president then presented monument to president of the state UDC Mrs. Marshall Williams of Faison. After the unveiling, Judge John M. Cooke presented Governor Locke Craig, the featured speaker of the day.

  • Location

    This monument is located on North Main Street on the campus of Louisburg College, Louisburg, NC. When the monument was constructed, Louisburg College was much smaller and did not extend all the way to the monument's current location. In the 1960’s the College expanded, and the monument became the center of campus. Although it appears that the monument belongs to the College, it is actually still owned by the town and is not considered a part of the campus.

  • Landscape

    The memorial stands on a traffic median forming a grass island.

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