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  • Monument Name

    Confederate Soldiers Monument, Clinton

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    Civil War

  • Creator

    Cooper Bros. of Raleigh, Designer

  • City

    Clinton

  • County

    Sampson

  • Description

    Commemorating the Confederate soldiers of Sampson County from 1861-1865, this monument is a bronze, life-size statue of a Confederate soldier standing at rest with his rifle in front of him. On the granite base that the soldier stands upon, at about 11 feet tall, there is an inscription on the front (south) face with words to honor the Confederate soldiers of Sampson County. Below the words of honor, there is a quote inscribed in smaller-sized text, reminding audiences that these soldiers died for their nation, for a “cause, though lost still just,” and for their fellow American citizens. The rear (north) face is engraved with information regarding the sponsor of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the dedication date. It can be found standing tall and centered in front of the south entrance to the Sampson County Courthouse, among many other historical monuments and markers.

    Image: Vintage Postcard image of Sampson County Courthouse, Clinton, N.C.

  • Inscription

    Front (south) face: IN HONOR OF / THE / CONFEDERATE / SOLDIERS / OF / SAMPSON COUNTY / “WHO BORE THE FLAG OF A NATION’S TRUST. / AND FELL IN A CAUSE, THOUGH LOST / STILL JUST, / AND DIED FOR ME AND YOU.” / 1861-1865

    Rear (north) face: ASHFORD-SILLERS / CHAPTER / U.D.C. / MAY 10, 1916

  • Custodian

    Sampson County

  • Dedication Date

    May 12, 1916

  • Decade

    1910s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    34.997800 , -78.323750 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "The Confederate Soldier, (sculpture)," Smithsonian Art Inventories Catalog, #IAS NC000343, (accessed February 20, 2014) Link

      Gentile, Linda. “Sampson County Confederate Memorial,” Markeroni.com, (accessed February 21, 2014) Link

      North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. "Confederate Soldiers Monument, Clinton" North Carolina Civil War Monuments, (accessed June 5, 2014) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Eighteenth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy North Carolina Division, Held at Raleigh, North Carolina, October 14, 15, 16, 1914 (Goldsboro, N.C.: Nash Bros. Printers and Binders, 1914), 96, (accessed September 6, 2012) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Twentieth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy North Carolina Division, Held at Gastonia, North Carolina, October 11, 12, 13, 1916 (Wilmington, N.C: Wilmington Stamp and Printing Company), 102, 108, (accessed September 7, 2012) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Twentieth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy North Carolina Division, Held at Gastonia, North Carolina, October 11, 12, 13, 1916 (Wilmington, N.C: Wilmington Stamp and Printing Company), 102, 108, (accessed February 19, 2014) Link

      “CONFEDERATE MONUMENT,” The News Dispatch (Clinton, NC), December 9, 1915

      “COUNTY COMMENCEMENT,” The News Dispatch (Clinton, NC), May 14, 1914

      “FRIDAY MORNING MAY 8TH MEMORIAL DAY,” The News Dispatch (Clinton, NC), April 23, 1914

      “MEMORIAL DAY IN CLINTON,” The News Dispatch (Clinton, NC), May 18, 1916

      “PROGRAMME FOR MAY 12TH, MEMORIAL EXERCISES,” The News Dispatch (Clinton, NC), May 11, 1916

      “Sampson County Confederate Memorial – North Carolina,” Waymarking.com, (accessed February 20, 2014) Link

      “UNVEILING TOMORROW,” The News Dispatch (Clinton, NC), May 11, 1916

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze statue, granite base

  • Sponsors

    Ashford-Sillers Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy

  • Monument Cost

    $1,700

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    A ceremony to lay the cornerstone took place on Friday morning, May 8, 1914 with participants first marching to the cemetery to decorate graves of Confederate dead. Colonel G.L. Peterson led the ceremony during which a Confederate war flag and the stars and stripes were laid side by side in the recess of the corner stone. Colonel Fred Olds spoke on the “Lost Cause” then Dr. Bourland followed “blending history with prophecy” and a plea for cooperation.

    The 1916 dedication ceremony was held on May 12 although the monument inscription is for May 10. This event also began with a march to the cemetery led by a military company, marshals, flower girls and veterans in autos which then proceeded to the courthouse. After band and quartet music then North Carolina Attorney General and soon to be Governor Thomas W. Bickett gave the keynote speech. The master of ceremonies for the day was George L. Patterson. A short speech was given by bank president L.A. Bethune and the invocation by Reverend J.L. Showell. The monument was unveiled by Fannie Holmes and Fennimore Cooper and accepted for the veterans by Mr. B.S. Peterson.

  • Subject Notes

    Monument inscription has the dedication date as May 10, 1916 but the ceremony was actually held on May 12, 1916.

    In 1916, the Ashford-Sillers Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy confirmed that the total cost of the monument was $1,700, with $300 of that still to be raised.

    The United Daughters of the Confederacy indicated that building the monument was delayed by the World War I.

  • Location

    The monument is located on the south side of the Sampson County courthouse, on E. Main St., Clinton, NC.

  • Landscape

    The monument is located in the center of the lawn of the Sampson County courthouse, in front of the steps to courthouse

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