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  • Monument Name

    Pender County Confederate Soldiers Monument, Burgaw

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • City

    Burgaw

  • County

    Pender

  • Description

    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.

  • Inscription

    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.

  • Dedication Date

    May 27, 1914

  • Decade

    1910s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    34.550570 , -77.926340 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Our Heroes — 1861 – 1865," The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed August 15, 2015) Link

      Barrett, John G. 1994. "Pender, William Dorsey," NCpedia.org Link

      Bloodworth, Mattie. History of Pender County North Carolina. Richmond, Virginia: The Dietz Printing Company, 1947.

      Butler, Douglas J. North Carolina Civil War Monuments: An Illustrated History (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2013).

      Centennial Booklet Committee. Pender County Centennial 1875-1975. 1975.

      Fennel, Bettie. "General's Statue Blocked Traffic," The Morning Star (Wilmington, N.C.), October 29, 1984

      Frederiksen, David. Pender County: A History in the Voices of Its People. Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, 2006.

      North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. "Pender County," North Carolina Civil War Monuments, (accessed June 10, 2014) Link

      Reaves, Bill. History of Burgaw, N.C., Centennial Edition, Wilmington, N.C., 1979.

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    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.

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The dedication speech was delivered by Chief Justice Walter Clark of Raleigh.

    The monument was relocated to its current position in November 1951.

  • Subject Notes

    The cameo appearing on the monument depicts General William Dorsey Pender.

  • Controversies

    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.

  • Location

    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.

  • Landscape

    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.

  • Former Locations

    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.

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