Confederate Soldiers Monument, Gatesville
The Gates County Confederate Soldiers Monument is a marble common soldier statue, on a tall granite base standing in front of the Gates County Board of Elections building. It memorializes Gates County's Confederate veterans, in particular William P. Roberts, a Gates County native and youngest General in the Confederate Army.
North: TO OUR / CONFEDERATE/ DEAD / 1861-1865
West: 1915 / CONFEDERATE MONUMENT ORGANIZATION / GATES CO. / TO OUR CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS
East: GATES CO FURNISHED THE / YOUNGEST GENERAL IN / THE CONFEDERATE STATES ARMY. / W.M. P. ROBERTS, WITHOUT / MILITARY TRAINING WAS UPON / MERIT ALONE, COMMISSIONED BRIG. GEN. AT THE AGE OF 23.
July 8, 1915
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The North Carolina Historical Commission, (Raleigh, NC: 1916). Link
Butler, Douglas J. North Carolina Civil War Monuments, An Illustrated History (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2013), 122, 164, 223.
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State Literary and Historical Association of North Carolina, Proceedings and Addresses of the Annual Session of the State Literary and Historical Association of North Carolina, (Raleigh,NC: 1906), 30. Link
“Address of Acceptance,” The Albemarle Observer (Edenton, NC), July 16, 1915
“Great Day in Gatesville,” The Albemarle Observer (Edenton, NC), July 9, 1915
Confederate Monument Association
U.S. Representative Claude Kitchen was the featured speaker. The presentation speech was by A.P. Godwin and the acceptance speech was John J. Gatling, former member of the North Carolina House of Representatives and the North Carolina State Senate. Mrs. R.E. Little, president of NC United Daughters of the Confederacy also spoke. The monument was unveiled by four young girls before a crowd of 2,000.
The memorial is at the intersection of Court Street (North Carolina Route 137) and New Ferry Road (County Road 1111), on the right when traveling east on Court Street, 112 Court St., Gatesville, NC.
The monument sits in the lawn area by a walkway to the main entrance of the Gates County Board of Elections building.