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  • Monument Name

    South Carolina Monument at Averasboro Battlefield, Dunn

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Civil War

  • City

    Dunn

  • County

    Harnett

  • Description

    The marker consists of a rectangular stone pedestal topped by a gravestone-shaped slab. The front of the monument depicts the emblem for the South Carolina Confederate Centennial Commission, featuring the Confederate battle flag and the state flag of South Carolina.

  • Inscription

    Front: ON THIS FIELD MARCH 15-16, / 1865, MEN OF SOUTH CAROLINA / STOOD WITH MEN OF OTHER / SOUTHERN STATES AND / FOUGHT BLOODILY AND / BRAVELY FOR THEIR BELIEFS / AND WAY OF LIFE. IN DOING / SO THEY WROTE THEIR / NAMES IN IMPERISHABLE / LETTERS IN THE BOOK OF / GLORY.

    Back: ERECTED BY / SOUTH CAROLINA / CONFEDERATE / WAR CENTENNIAL / COMMISSION / GOVERNOR DONALD S. RUSSELL / REP. JOHN A. MAY CHR. DR. DANIEL W. HOLLIS / HON. JULIAN METZ V. CHR. MRS. W. A. KING / HON. RODDEY L. BELL COL. S. PERRIN TOOLE / SEN. JOHN D. LONG MRS. ARCHIE C. WATSON / SEN. L. I. HESTER MRS. B. D. WOFFORD / MARCH 20, 1965

  • Custodian

    The Averasboro Battlefield Commission, Inc.; Boy Scout Troop 745 Salem United Methodist Church Eastover, North Carolina maintains the grounds.

  • Dedication Date

    March 20, 1965

  • Decade

    1960s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.263920 , -78.672920 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Averasboro Battlefield," Rootsweb, (accessed June 16, 2014) Link

      "South Carolina Averasboro Monument, Markeroni, (accessed June 16, 2014) Link

      "South Carolina Monument, Averasboro Battlefield, North Carolina," Waymarking.com, (accessed August 6, 2014) Link

      "South Carolina Troops at Battle of Averasboro, NC.," The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org (accessed August 6, 2014) Link

      Harnett County News (Lillington, NC), Thursday, March 18, 1965

      Harnett County News (Lillington, NC), Thursday, March 25, 1965

      United States Department of the Interior National Park Service. "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, Averasboro Battlefield Historic District," ([2000]), (accessed June 13, 2014) Link

      Walker, Tom. "SC's Role in Confederate Centennial Discussed" The State (Columbia, SC), June 25, 1959 Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    South Carolina Confederate War Centennial Commission

  • Monument Cost

    The cost of the weekend’s events was expected to reach $7,000, with most of the funding coming from the sale of commemorative coins and donations.

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The monument was scheduled to be dedicated in the afternoon at the Chicora Cemetery. Due to rain, the ceremony was relocated to Dunn High school, and the speaker was Lt. Governor Robert McNair of South Carolina, who reviewed South Carolina's role in the Battle of Averasboro. The master of ceremonies was State Senator Robert Morgan of Lillington.

    The dedication of this monument was part of a larger ceremony commemorating the Battle of Averasboro, which included participants from 15 states and over 2000 spectators.

    The Harnett County News published histories of the battle written by Malcolm Fowler for several weeks before the ceremony. The Confederate Centennial Committee and the Harnett County Confederate Centennial Committee sponsored the dedication ceremony.

  • Subject Notes

    The Battle of Averasboro (March 19-21, 1865) was the first battle where Confederates tried unsuccessfully to deter Sherman's advance from Fayetteville to Virginia. By delaying Sherman's much forces at Averasboro, the Confederate army was able to consolidate its troops in anticipation of a much larger battle at Bentonville.

    South Carolina Representative John A. May, the legislator responsible for installing the Confederate flag above the S. C. State House, served as chairman of the S. C. Confederate War Centennial Commission.

    Senator John D. Long was the author of the bill establishing the South Carolina Confederate War Centennial Commission. The Commission was established by the 1959 legislature, with members appointed to serve until 1966. The first state-wide meeting of the Commission occurred on June 24, 1959 in Columbia, South Carolina. The Commission sought to create programs of temporary inspirational value as well as long-range projects establishing permanent memorials.

    Mrs. A. C. Watson was the president of the South Carolina United Daughters of the Confederacy, and Mrs. W. A. King was the immediate past president. Mrs. B. D. Wofford was regent of the Behethland Butler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

    Julian Metz was the director of the Greater Charleston Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Daniel W. Hollis was a professor of history at the University of South Carolina.

  • Location

    The monument sits to the left of the wrought iron fence that encloses the Chicora Cemetery. It is found close to the monument to North Carolina soldiers and the Union Soldiers Memorial. The entire area, along with nearby plantation houses, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Landscape

    Primarily agricultural, with sloping hills, streams and wide vistas.

  • Death Space

    Yes

  • Post Dedication Use

    Civil War reenactments are held periodically to commemorate the Battle of Averasboro. Reenactments are staged by reactivated Confederate units, such as the 22nd North Carolina regiment. Participants dress in period-specific attire and camp at the battlefield.

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