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  • Monument Name

    Confederate Monument to the Private Soldier, Washington

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    Civil War

  • Creator

    Charles M. Walsh, Marble and Granite Works, Builder

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    The monument depicts a Confederate soldier at parade rest. The statue rests atop a tall, tapered column of smooth granite. The column is mounted on a two tier base of smooth granite resting on a brick platform. The base of the column bears the inscription which is offset by a darker stone border. A single cannon sits to the left of the front, its barrel facing away from the monument. Two cannon barrels are mounted on the mound in front of the statue facing upward and away from the monument.

  • Inscription

    TO OUR / CONFEDERATE / DEAD. / 1861-1865.

  • Dedication Date

    May 10, 1898

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.556480 , -77.044040 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      United Daughters of the Confederacy Pamlico Chapter. "Confederate Memorial Day May 10, 2005," (accessed January 31, 2013) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of Organization and of 1st and 2nd Annual Conventions : United Daughters of the Confederacy [1897, 1898] ([United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1898]), 29, 32, 49, (accessed September 12, 2012) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Nineteenth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy North Carolina Division, Held at Charlotte, North Carolina, October 6, 7, 8, 1915 (Wilmington, N.C: Wilmington Stamp and Printing Company), 120, (accessed September 7, 2012) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, Pamlico Chapter No. 43. The Confederate Reveille: Memorial Edition, (Raleigh, NC: Edwards & Broughton, 1898), 127-129, 157 , (accessed May 24, 2012) Link

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronz, granite, brick

  • Sponsors

    The Ladies Memorial Association of Beaufort County

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Colonel Julian Shakespeare Carr of Durham delivered the address at the dedication. The day began with decoration of the graves, followed by a procession from the Town Hall to the monument. The Chief Marshal was Colonel Frank M. Parker of Enfield, and the march included the Washington Coronet Band, former soldiers marching with their units, the Ladies Memorial Association and the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Children of the Confederacy, public school children, and citizens. Orations were given by Mary Kathleen Bogart "To the Private Soldier" and by Annie T. Bragaw "To the Lost Cause" at the unveiling and dedication. The band played, and the ground around the monument was decorated by the Children of the Confederacy. The ceremony ended with a return march to the Town Hall and was followed by a banquet for the veterans.

  • Nickname

    The Washington Grays

  • Subject Notes

    According to the Washington Grays Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Beaufort County sent ten companies to the Confederate Army, and seventeen soldiers were killed in the defense of Washington.

  • Location

    The cemetery entrance is off of N. Bonner St. The cemetery office and listed address is 180 E. 15th Street in Washington, NC. Oakdale Cemetery is also the site of the Beaufort County Defenders Monument.

  • Landscape

    The monument sits atop a grassy mound, surrounded by grave markers. Cannon are mounted in the earth in front of the monument, with their barrels facing away from the soldier. This section of the cemetery is bordered by mature trees.

  • Death Space


  • Post Dedication Use

    The monument has been the site of annual commemoration services.

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