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  • Monument Name

    Arsenal Monument, Fayetteville

  • Type

    Plaque

  • Subjects

    Civil War

  • City

    Fayetteville

  • County

    Cumberland

  • Description

    A bronze tablet sits upon a roughly-cut stone. The tablet is in relief and in neo-classical style; a pediment with decorated tympanum sits above an eagle with its wings spread across the tablet. Below is the text flanked by two ionic columns.
    A bronze plaque dedicated to the FILI (Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry) Bicentennial celebration is added at base of the monument.

    Images: Bronze plaque | Plaque at base of the monument

  • Inscription

    Bronze plaque: ARSENAL / THIS TABLET MARKS THE SITE OF AN IMPORTANT / ARSENAL OF THE CONFEDERATE GOVERNMENT. / AUTHORIZED BY THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, / 1836, CAPTURED BY NORTH CAROLINA, APRIL / 22, 1861. / TRANSFERRED TO THE CONFEDERATE / GOVERNMENT, JUNE 5, 1861, AND DESTROYED / BY MAJOR-GENERAL W. T. SHERMAN, / MARCH 11-14, 1865. / ERECTED 1928 BY / THE NORTH CAROLINA HISTORICAL COMMISSION / AND THE J.E.B. STUART CHAPTER / UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY

    FILI Bicentennial plaque: Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry / and the North Carolina Arsenal / The Laying of the Cornerstone 19 April 1838 / Antebellum Guard Duty / Seized and Occupied for the Confederate Government / 22 April - 6 May 1861 / Unveiling of Arsenal Marker / 22 May 1928 / FILI Bicentennial 1793-1993

  • Dedication Date

    May 22, 1928

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.054450 , -78.892400 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Arsenal Marker," The Historical Marker Database, (accessed August 14, 2012) Link

      "Arsenal Monument," Markeroni.com, (accessed May 31, 2012) Link

      "Confederate Arsenal, Fayetteville, N.C.--1861-1865," in North Carolina Postcard Collection (P052), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (accessed January 10, 2014) Link

      "Fayetteville Arsenal," Wikipedia, (accessed August 14, 2012) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy North Carolina Division, J.E.B. Stuart Chapter, and the North Carolina Historical Commission. "The Honor of Your Presence is Requested at the Unveiling of a Marker on the Site of the Confederate Arsenal at Fayetteville, North Carolina," (1928), (accessed May 31, 2012) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, Granite

  • Sponsors

    The North Carolina Historical Commission and the United Daughters of the Confederacy, J.E.B. Stuart Chapter.

  • Nickname

    Also known as the Arsenal Marker.

  • Subject Notes

    This monument commemorates the arsenal built at this location in 1838 and destroyed in 1865 during the Civil War. Confederate troops took control of the arsenal after it was vacated by Union forces in 1861. The Union later planned to regain control of the arsenal; Sherman took possession of it in 1865 and ordered it to be destroyed.

  • Landscape

    The monument is located in the four acre Arsenal Park. It is next to the Museum of the Cape Fear. Though little remains of the Arsenal, one partial frame outbuilding still stands on the site.

  • Post Dedication Use

    The park in which the monument stands is used for educational events led by the Museum of the Cape Fear.

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