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  • Monument Name

    "Last Shot" Confederate Memorial, Waynesville

  • Type

    Pylon

  • Subjects

    Civil War

  • City

    Waynesville

  • County

    Haywood

  • Description

    The memorial, on the outskirts of Waynesville, commemorates the location popularly believed to be the "last shot" fired in the Civil War on May 6, 1865. The monument is constructed in a pyramid from local river or field stones and cement. A plaque, most likely of bronze, bearing the inscription in raised lettering is mounted on the front face.

  • Inscription

    NEAR THIS SPOT / THE LAST SHOT OF THE WAR / WAS FIRED / UNDER THE COMMAND OF / LT. ROBT. T. CONLEY / OF THE CONFEDERATE ARMY / MAY 6, 1865
    ERECTED BY / UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY / FIRST DISTRICT NORTH CAROLINA DIVISION / 1923

  • Dedication Date

    October 9, 1923

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.486870 , -83.003990 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Monument to Last Shot of the Civil War," RoadsideAmerica.com, (accessed December 7, 2013) Link

      "To Confederate Veterans of Haywood County." Carolina Mountaineer, October 1, 1923.

      Neufeld, Rob. "Marker notes Civil War's last shots, fired near Waynesville," Asheville's homepage Citizen-Times.com, September 22, 2009, (accessed December 7, 2013) Link

      North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. "Martin's Surrender," P-10, North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, (accessed December 30, 2013) Link

      Smith, Blanche Lucas. North Carolina's Confederate Monuments and Memorials, (Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1941)

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Twenty-seventh Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy North Carolina Division Held at Greensboro, North Carolina, October 4-6, 1923, (Raleigh, N.C.: Edwards & Broughton Printing Company, 1924), 116, (accessed December 30, 2013) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Local stones, bronze, cement

  • Sponsors

    United Daughters of the Confederacy, First District North Carolina Division

  • Monument Cost

    $225

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Mrs. J. H. Howell, then president of the Haywood Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, led the monument committee. The dedication address was given by Colonel Fred A. Olds. The day also included the assembly of veterans at the courthouse in an attempt to revive the Pink Welch Camp. The unveiling was planned to occur at 11 a.m. at the monument site, reported to be near the site of the "last skirmish in the War between the States" (Carolina Mountaineer).

  • Nickname

    Last Shot of Civil War

  • Subject Notes

    Blanche Smith reported that the monument was located near the old Haywood White Sulphur Spring. Today the area is a residential neighborhood, and the monument sits in the yard of a home, surrounded by a low chain fence.

    While the claim that Waynesville saw the last shot fired in the Civil War may be unsubstantiated, on May 6, 1865, following receipt of news that Lee had surrendered at Appomattox a month before, General James Green Martin surrendered the Army of Western North Carolina at Waynesville. Martin had assumed command of the western North Carolina forces in 1864.

  • Location

    The monument is located on the east side of Sulphur Springs Road just north of the intersection with 5th Street.

  • Landscape

    The monument sits hidden in the shade of a dogwood tree and clad partly in ivy. It is located in the yard of a private residence surrounded by a low chain fence.

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