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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 10, 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 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

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

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze statue, granite base

  • Sponsors

    Ashford-Sillers Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy

  • Monument Cost

    $1,950

  • Subject Notes

    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.

  • 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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