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  • Monument Name

    Carteret County Confederate Soldiers Monument, Beaufort

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • City

    Beaufort

  • County

    Carteret

  • Description

    A bronze Confederate soldier stands atop a granite pedestal. The soldier stands at parade rest, holding his rifle which rests on the ground. The Confederate flag is shown in bas-relief on the pedestal, above the inscription.

  • Inscription

    Pedestal, top: CSA

    Pedestal, center: TO THE MEMORY OF THE / CONFEDERATE DEAD / OF CARTERET COUNTY / 1861-1865 / ERECTED BY / THE DAUGHTERS OF / CONFEDERACY / FORT MACON CHAPTER / BEAUFORT, N.C. 1926 / NOT EVEN TIME CAN DESTROY HEROISM

    Pedestal, bottom: OUR CONFEDERATE HEROES

  • Custodian

    The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Fort Macon Chapter

  • Dedication Date

    May 10, 1926

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    34.719340 , -76.662800 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Beaufort, North Carolina," North Carolina History, (accessed January 25, 2013) Link

      "Memorial Monument to Confederate Soldiers, (sculpture)." Smithsonian Art Inventories Catalog IAS NC000220, (accessed January 25, 2013) Link

      Butler, Douglas J. North Carolina Civil War Monuments, An Illustrated History, (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2013), 196-199

      North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. "Beaufort," North Carolina Civil War Monuments, (accessed September 15, 2012) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Twenty-Seventh Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Held at Greensboro, North Carolina, October 4-6, 1923 (Raleigh, N.C.: Edwards & Broughton Printing Company, 1924), 139, (accessed September 15, 2012) Link

      Warshaw, Mary. "Confederate Memorial Monument," in "Beaufort, North Carolina History - Histories and Images from the Past," beaufortartist.blogspot.com, (accessed October 10, 2017) Link

      “Memorial to Confederate Soldiers Now Stands on Courthouse Grounds,” The Beaufort News (Beaufort, NC), May 13, 1926, A1

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, granite

  • Sponsors

    United Daughters of the Confederacy, Fort Macon Chapter; Morehead City Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy; and Mr. F. S. Dickinson, a businessman from Rutherford, N.J.

  • Monument Cost

    $3,000

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    After the invocation Mrs. Ida Eaton of Morehead City made a recitation. Judge H.A. Grady of Clinton was orator for the event. He said that “Confederate soldiers were no longer referred to as rebels and traitors to their country,” and that “sectionalism had passed away…. Lee, Grant and others leaders on both sides should be regarded as great Americans.” The unveiling was by children, Rosa Lee Chadwick and David Poole. After the ceremony some in the crowd went to a nearby cemetery to decorate Confederate graves.

  • Subject Notes

    In contrast to the destruction visited on other major cities and ports in the south during the Civil War, Beaufort was left untouched and was occupied by Union forces beginning in April 1862.

    The Beaufort memorial was the last in North Carolina of what had become the standard form for Confederate Monuments, that of a base and shaft topped with a statue. The demise of this type memorial coincided with aging and death of the remaining Confederate veterans. There were but 10 in attendance at this dedication.

  • Location

    The statue sits on the south lawn of the County Courthouse in Beaufort, NC and faces outward toward Broad Street.

  • Landscape

    The statue sits on the lawn surrounded by plantings, hedges, and mature trees.

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