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  • Monument Name

    Confederate Monument, Oxford

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    Civil War

  • City

    Oxford

  • County

    Granville

  • Description

    A bronze statue of a Confederate soldier standing ready sits atop a stepped granite base and a square pedestal. The monument is thirty-four feet tall, with the statue being seven feet. The soldier is pictured in the ready position to indicate that he is prepared for battle. Two Confederate flags, crossed, are engraved on the middle section of the pedestal. Its dedication was in September of 1904.

  • Inscription

    On the base: TO OUR CONFEDERATE DEAD / 1861-1865

    On the die: GRANVILLE GRAYS/ CHAPTER / U.D.C.

    On the plinth: C.S.A.

  • Custodian

    Granville County

  • Dedication Date

    October 30, 1909

  • Decade

    1900s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.309720 , -78.587950 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Granville County Court House, Oxford, N.C.," in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, (accessed December 12, 2012) Link

      "Section of Business District, Showing Confederate Monument, Oxford, NC," in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, (accessed December 12, 2012) Link

      Confederate Veteran, 18 (1910), p. 109. Link

      Alderman, Derek H. and Owen J. Dwyer. "A Primer on the Geography of Memory: The Site and Situation of Commemorative Landscapes," Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina, (accessed May 16, 2012) Link

      Conn, Edward L. "Confederate Monument Dedication," (Oxford, NC: Orphanage Press) Link

      Pinnix, Frank M. Corner Stone of Confederate Monument Laid May 10, 1909, with Impressive Ceremony, (Oxford, NC: Orphanage Press, 1909), (accessed May 18, 2012) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Tenth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division, Held at Durham, N.C., October 10th, 11th and 12th 1906, (Newton, NC: Enterprise Job Print., 1907), 81, (accessed May 23, 2012) Link

      West, William F. "Oxford NC Confederate Monument Under Attack," Southern Heritage 411, (accessed February 1, 2011) Link

      “List of Granville County Patriots of the Revolution,” Oxford Public Ledger (Oxford, NC), June 8, 1926

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Warren County granite base, bronze statue

  • Sponsors

    Granville Grays Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy

  • Monument Cost

    $3,000

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Governor Kitchin gave the dedication speak, noted as "strong and patriotic" by the Confederate Veteran, and the monument was accepted by Major Dennis Brummit. A large number of visitors attended, and the festivities included a parade, music, and dinner.

  • Controversies

    After a race riot it was moved to less prominent location.

  • Location

    At its original location, the monument faced outward from the courthouse toward Main Street. It was also the tallest structure in the area at the time, allowing it to occupy a place of great importance and honor in Oxford.

  • Former Locations

    The monument was moved in 1971 from its very visible original location in front of the courthouse to the library grounds where it currently stands as a compromise following the Oxford race riot.

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