Catawba County Confederate Soldiers Monument, Newton
The monument depicts a Confederate soldier at parade rest. The statue rests atop a two-part tapered column. The column beneath the soldier depicts a bas-relief of an unfurled Confederate flag which rests atop a bas-relief of two crossed rifles. Beneath the column, a smaller plinth is engraved on four sides. The entire column structure rests atop a three-tier base. A cannon sits on the left side between the monument and the sidewalk.
Images: Front view of the memorial | Angle view of the memorial | Cannon | Cannon muzzle
Front, top of column: CSA
Front, face: TO THE CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS / OF / CATAWBA COUNTY / 1861 – 65
Front, base: CONFEDERATE HEROES
Right, face: NO BRAVER BLOOD / FOR BRIGHTER LAND, / NOR BRIGHTER LAND / HAD A CAUSE SO GRAND.
Left, face: FULL COMPANIES SENT OUT / CO. A. 12 REG. / CO. F. 23 REG. / CO. G. 28 REG. / CO. E. 32 REG. / CO. E. 57 REG. / CO. F. 32 REG. / CO. F. 38 REG. / CO. K. 46 REG. / CO. I. 49 REG. / CO. E. 72 REG. / AND MEMBERS OF OTHER / COMPANIES AND REGIMENTS
Rear, face: ERECTED BY THE PEOPLE / OF / CATAWBA COUNTY / AUG. 15, 1907
City of Newton
August 15, 1907
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Ransom-Sherrill Chapter U.D.C.
On the day of the unveiling, special rates over the railroads were obtained and excursion trains ran to make this date a memorable event in the history of the Catawba county.
Senator Overman facilitated the donation of two cannons to the local U.D.C. chapter. Currently, only one cannon remains on the left side of the memorial.
In 2002, the Capt. Charles F. Conner Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 840 tried to raise support for the erection of a monument naming the 600 fallen Catawba County Confederate Soldiers. The monument was to sit beside the Confederate Soldiers Monument.
The monument is located in front of the 1924 Catawba Courthouse, now the site of the Catawba County Museum of History. It sits on the left from the entrance to the building, near the street corner. The lawn of the old courthouse also hosts the memorial To the Men Massacred on General Rutherford's Forced March and the Catawba County War Memorial.
The monument stands in a grassy area in front of the courthouse, with plantings and mature trees. A cannon sits on the left side between the monument and the sidewalk.
Commemoration services for Confederate soldiers have occurred since the original dedication. On Tuesday May 8, 2012, services were held in honor of Confederate Memorial Day. The Capt. Charles F. Connor Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 840 organized the service that was planned to include a wreath-laying ceremony and a speaker.