Pender County Confederate Soldiers Monument, Burgaw
The monument stands approximately 15 feet in height and consists of a sculpture of a Confederate soldier at rest atop a granite shaft. The monument also includes inscriptions, a depiction of a Confederate flag, and a cameo of General Pender. Three ascending steps form the base of the statue.
Southwest face (front): CSA / 1861-1865 / IN HONOR OF THE / CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS / OF PENDER COUNTY / MAJ. GEN. WILLIAM DORSEY PENDER / FEB. 6, 1834 JULY 18, 1863 / OUR HEROES
Northwest face (left): ERECTED BY / PENDER COUNTY CHAPTER NO. 761 / UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY
Southeast face (right): LET FUTURE GENERATIONS REMEMBER / THAT THESE WERE MEN / WHOM DEATH COULD NOT TERRIFY / WHOM DEFEAT COULD NOT DISHONOR / THAT TRUTH, COURAGE, AND PATRIOTISM / ENDURE FOREVER.
Northeast face (reverse): PENDER COUNTY WAS FORMED FROM / NEW HANOVER COUNTY BY THE / LEGISLATURE OF 1874-75 / AND WAS NAMED IN HONOR OF GEN. WILLIAM DORSEY PENDER / OF EDGECOMBE CO.
May 27, 1914
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United Daughters of the Confederacy Pender County Chapter No. 761 and Dr. Elisha Porter. Dr. Elisha Porter of Rocky Point, who served under General Pender in the Civil War, paid half of the monument's costs.
The dedication speech was delivered by Chief Justice Walter Clark of Raleigh.
The monument was relocated to its current position in November 1951.
The cameo appearing on the monument depicts General William Dorsey Pender.
Objections were raised to the statue being placed in the intersection of Fremont and Wright Streets due to the possibility of impeding traffic. However, the monument remained in the middle of the intersection until 1951 when it was relocated to its current and less obstructive position in front of the Pender County Courthouse.
The monument currently stands in front of the Pender County courthouse, facing South Wright Street. The Monument to Company K, Third NC Regiment is located on the back lawn of the courthouse, near the intersection of E. Wilmington Street with S. Walker Street.
The monument stands in a paved walkway and is encircled by simple benches and low shrubbery. The monument and seating area are located in a grass area with trees and a nearby gazebo.
The monument was initially located at the intersection of Fremont Street and Wright Street. When relocated to the courthouse in 1951, it was placed to the side of the building. In the 1980's it was moved in front of the court house to make it more visible.