Confederate Soldiers Monument, Clinton
Cooper Bros. of Raleigh, Designer
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.
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
May 10, 1916
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Bronze statue, granite base
Ashford-Sillers Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy
The Confederate Soldiers Monument in Sampson County was unveiled on Memorial Day, May 10, 1916. At the time of the unveiling, the Ashford-Sillers Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy had paid $1,700 of the total cost of the monument.
The monument is located on the south side of the Sampson County courthouse, on E. Main St., Clinton, NC.
The monument is located in the center of the lawn of the Sampson County courthouse, in front of the steps to courthouse