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  • Monument Name

    Confederate Soldiers Memorial, Rockingham

  • Type

    War Memorial

  • Subjects

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • Creator

    Rockingham Marble Works, Builder

  • City

    Rockingham

  • County

    Richmond

  • Description

    The monument stands 14 feet in height in the Rockingham Old Courthouse grounds. It commemorates the Confederate soldiers of the Civil War. The monument depicts a Confederate flag carved in relief on the monument's front as well as a sword surrounded by a wreath carved in relief on the monument's reverse.

  • Inscription

    Facing courtyard: 1861 1865 / ERECTED IN 1930, BY THE PEE DEE GUARDS / CHAPTER OF THE UNITED DAUGHTERS / OF THE CONFEDERACY OF RICHMOND / COUNTY, IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR / CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS

    Facing West Washington Street: 1861 1865 / LEST WE FORGET

  • Custodian

    Richmond County

  • Dedication Date

    November 14, 1930

  • Decade

    1930s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    34.939250 , -79.774680 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Confederate Soldiers Memorial, Rockingham, Richmond County," The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org (accessed August 4, 2014) Link

      Butler, Douglas J. North Carolina Civil War Monuments, An Illustrated History, (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2013), 162, 205-206, 225

      Curtis, Sue J. "North Carolina Confederate Memorials," May 27, 2011, North Carolina United Daughters of the Confederacy, (accessed May 7, 2013) Link

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

      North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. "Confederate Soldiers Monument, Rockingham" North Carolina Civil War Monuments, (accessed June 4, 2014) Link

      Richmond County Historical Society. "History of Richmond County", rchs-nc.net, (accessed October 23, 2017) Link

      “Confederate Monument Unveiled,” Rockingham Post-Dispatch (Rockingham, NC), November 20, 1930

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Pink granite

  • Sponsors

    Pee Dee Guards Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy of Richmond County

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    On the day of the dedication, World War I veterans and local Boy Scouts led the march to the old Courthouse Square where Mrs. R.T. Nichols, local UDC president, presided over the ceremony. Mrs. George P. Entwistle presented the monument which was accepted by W. S. Thompson prior to former Governor Cameron Morrison giving the featured address. The monument was unveiled by a five-year-old relative of one of the first volunteers of Richmond County, Ridson Thomas Nicholas, Jr. Interspersed during the exercises was music “by the young negro boys from the Morrison Training School.” Governor Morrison was principal in creating funding for the school and it was named in his honor. It was felt appropriate that the boys provide the music.

  • Location

    The monument stands at the intersection of Lee Street and West Washington Street in a courtyard area sitting between two portions of West Washington Street. The monument stands on the northern portion of the courtyard and faces south towards a fountain.

  • Landscape

    Facing the courtyard and fountain, the monument is surrounded by benches, trees, and grass areas.

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