Samuel A'Court Ashe Monument, Raleigh
Bernard Johnson, Sculptor
Gorham Manufacturing Company, Foundry
The monument consists of two bronze bas-relief plaques mounted on a large granite block. The tablet on the front is imprinted with a portrait of Ashe; both the front and back have detailed inscriptions. The monument is located on the State Capitol grounds.
Front: SAMUEL A’COURT ASHE / 1840-1938 / PATRIOT-SOLDIER-HISTORIAN-EDITOR-CHRISTIAN / CAPTAIN AND ASSISTANT ADJUTANT GENERAL OF PENDER’S STAFFC.S.A. / HEROIC DEFENDER OF FORT WAGNER/ AND TWICE CITED FOR CONSPICUOUS SERVICE IN THE BATTLE OF CEDAR RUN/ AND SECOND MANASSAS. / BRIGADIER GENERAL AND VICE COMMANDEROF THE UNITED CONFEDERATE VETERANS / THE LAST SURVIVING COMMISSIONED OFFICERS OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES ARMY. / ETERNALLY YOUNG, ALWAYS THE FRIEND AND INSPIRER OF YOUTH. / FEW MEN HAVE LIVED SO MANY YEARS, HONORED AND LOVED THROUGH THEM ALL, / A LIFE WHICH HAS ENRICHED THE SOUTH AND THE NATION. / A LOVER OF PEACE BUT VALIANT FOR THE TRUTH.
Rear: THIS MONUMENT PLACED / WITH THE AFFECTION AND ESTEEM OF MANY / FRIENDS THROUGHOUT NORTH CAROLINA / AND THE NATION, WAS UNVEILED SEPT. 13, 1940, / THE ONE HUNDRETH ANNIVERSARY OF / CAPT. ASHE’S BIRTH. / THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THE ASHE MEMORIAL COMMITTEE / BY THEIR LOYAL WORK AND INFLUENCE HAVE HELPED TO MAKE / POSSIBLE THIS MEMORIAL. / HON. GEORGE GORDON BATTLE, CHAIRMAN / MRS. MARY WINDER OSBORNE, SECRETARY AND TREASURER / HON. JOSEPHUS DANIELS / UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO MEXICO / HON. HERIOT CLARKSON / JUSTICE, N.C. SUPREME COURT / HON. ERNEST M. GREEN/ PRESIDENT, N.C. SOCIETY OF THE CINCINNATI / HON. WALTER MURPHY / N.C. STATE SENATOR / MRS. LEWIS B. FISHER/ PRESIDENT, N.C. DIVISION U.D.C. / HON. WM. GRAHAM JARVIS / HON. THOMAS DIXON.
North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
September 13, 1940
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Bronze, Wake County granite
North Carolina General Assembly (Funds raised privately), Ashe Memorial Committee
Samuel Ashe was a Confederate soldier who became a captain during the Civil War, most notably leading the Confederate defense of Fort Wagner, South Carolina. Later in life he became the first newspaper editor of the News and Observer as well as an historian and statesman. He assisted in the authoring of an eight volume history of North Carolina. He died on August 31, 1938 at the age of 98, and the monument was presented the public on the 100th anniversary of his birth.
In recent years, the Capitol Square's lack of diversity, particularly in regard to monuments honoring deceased Confederate soldiers and leaders like Ashe, has led to the decision of the North Carolina State Capitol Memorial Study Committee to issue a report to the North Carolina Historical Commission calling for new monuments to be built to honor people and causes that exemplify North Carolina's diversity.
The memorial to Samuel Ashe is located near the Confederate Monument and the Henry Lawson Wyatt Monument in the western part of the Capitol Square.
The memorial is on a level plain in the Capitol Square near a walkway and near a couple of medium size trees and a park bench.
The General Assembly of North Carolina ratified an act to create a monument in honor of Samual A'Court Ashe on March 6, 1939. The Ashe Memorial Committee was comprised of statesmen, educators, politicians, and others who wanted to maintain Ashe's legacy and to honor the last living officer of the Confederate Army. George Gordon Battle was the chairman of the Ashe Memorial Committee and speaker at the dedication ceremony.
The Gorham Company was paid $16,323.45 to construct the bronze tablet. The granite portion of the monument cost a total of $885.00 and was paid by a man named Mr. Arnaiz. Other expenses respecting the construction of the monument added an additional $500.00.