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  • Monument Name

    Catawba County Confederate Soldiers Monument, Newton

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    Civil War

  • City

    Newton

  • County

    Catawba

  • Description

    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

  • Inscription

    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

  • Custodian

    City of Newton

  • Dedication Date

    August 15, 1907

  • Decade

    1900s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.663110 , -81.221130 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Catawba County Confederate Memorial," Markeroni.com, (accessed January 31, 2013) Link

      "Court at Newton," The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, North Carolina), Thu, Jul 11, 1907, p. 2, (accessed December 7, 2016)

      Hardy, Michael C. Remembering North Carolina’s Confederates, (Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Publishing, 2006)

      Hartshorn, Derick S. “A Proposed Memorial to Catawba County Men Who Died in the Service of Their Country 1861-1865,” Catawba County Military Page, (accessed January 31, 2013) Link

      Hartshorn, Derick S. “Old Soldiers Reunion 2002,” Catawba County Military Page, ncgenweb.com, (accessed January 31, 2013) Link

      North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. "Catawba County," North Carolina Civil War Monuments, (accessed January 31, 2013) Link

      North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Department of Cultural Resources. "Newton Downtown Historic District," National Register of Historic Places, (accessed August 21, 2015) Link

      Towns, W. Stuart. Enduring Legacy: Rhetoric and Ritual of the Lost Cause, (Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2012)

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Tenth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division, Held at Durham, N.C., October 10th, 11th and 12th 1906, (Newton, NC: Enterprise Job Print., 1907), 96, (accessed August 30, 2012) Link

      “Catawba County’s Week Ahead.” The Observer News Enterprise (Newton, N.C.), May 6, 2012, (accessed January 31, 2013) Link

      “Confederate Soldier’s Memorial – Newton, North Carolina,” Waymarking.com, (accessed January 31, 2013) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    Ransom-Sherrill Chapter U.D.C.

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    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.

  • Subject Notes

    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.

  • Controversies

    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.

  • Location

    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.

  • Landscape

    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.

  • Post Dedication Use

    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.

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