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  • Monument Name

    Confederate Monument, Yanceyville

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    Civil War

  • Creator

    J. F. Manning Company, Designer

  • City

    Yanceyville

  • County

    Caswell

  • Description

    This monument, located in front of the Caswell County Court House as a memorial to the county's Confederate veterans, displays a Confederate soldier standing atop a pedestal. The bronze soldier looks northward and defiantly grasps his gun in both hands while he steps forward with his left foot. He wears the Confederate uniform complete with hat and is depicted as a man with high cheekbones, a full mustache, and a goatee.

  • Inscription

    TO THE SONS OF CASWELL COUNTY WHO SERVED IN THE WAR OF 1861-1865 IN ANSWER TO THE CALL OF THEIR COUNTRY / IN WHATEVER EVENT THAT MAY FACE OUR NATIONAL EXISTENCE MAY GOD GIVE US THE WILL TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT, THAT LIKE OUR FOREFATHERS, WE MAY IMPRESS OUR TIME WITH THE SINCERITY AND STEADFASTNESS OF OUR LIVES / ERECTED BY THE CASWELL COUNTY CHAPTER UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY 1921

  • Dedication Date

    September 10, 1921

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.403490 , -79.336340 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Caswell County Court House and Confederate Monument, Yanceyville, N.C.," in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, (accessed March 13, 2012) Link

      "Confederate Monument," Roots Web, (accessed March 13, 2012) Link

      "Confederate Soldiers Monument - Images," North Carolina Civil War Monuments, (accessed March 13, 2012) Link

      "North Carolina Civil War Monuments," North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, (accessed January 23, 2012) Link

      "Program of the Unveiling of the Confederate Monument" in Caswell County in the World War, 1917-1918; Service Records of Caswell County Men, (Raleigh, NC: Edwards & Broughton Printing Co., 1921), (accessed May 16, 2012) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy North Carolina Division, Held at New Bern, N.C., October 13, 14, 15, 1920 (Charlotte, N.C.: Queen City Printing Company, 1920), 143, (accessed September 10, 2012) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Twenty-Third Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy North Carolina Division, Held at High Point, North Carolina, October 8, 9, 10, 1919 (Raleigh, N.C.: Edwards & Broughton Printing Co.), 100, (accessed September 10, 2012) Link

  • Public Site

    Unknown

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze statue, with base made of Surry County granite.

  • Sponsors

    The United Daughters of the Confederacy. Additionally, a $1000 appropriation was provided by the county.

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The first portion of the unveiling ceremony was held in front of the monument and was continued within the Caswell County courthouse. The audience proudly sang "America," "The Old North State," and "Dixie" throughout the unveiling program. Mary Kerr Spencer, then Chief Executive of the North Carolina Daughters of the Confederacy, spoke at the event, praising the Confederate veterans in attendance and challenging the youth of Caswell County to fight with equal dignity to better the county in which they live.

  • Subject Notes

    Described as "the finest work of art that exists in the entire Confederacy," due to its historical accuracy by W. L. Shadix, former director of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association.

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