Confederate Memorial, Mooresville
This monument in memory of Confederate soldiers buried at Willow Valley Cemetery is a large block of granite between 7 and 8 feet high by 4 feet wide with a grouping of 89 names deeply
etched into the stone. Near the top of the monuments face is incised a wreath surrounding what is assumed to be a Confederate national flag but with seven stars instead of thirteen.
Beneath the flag is a stylized NC and the years 1861 and 1865 are craved into the wreaths
ribbon. Five additional names appear below the inscription denoting the monuments sponsor.
They were not present in a photograph taken at the dedication. Most likely these are additional
names of those buried in the cemetery. Later news articles noted that 94 Confederate soldier
graves had been located and more thought to exist.
Images: View of the cemetery | Confederate flag (detail)
IN MEMORY OF / THE SOLDIERS OF THE CONFEDERACY / 1861 – 1865 / WHO LIE BURIED HERE / [List of 89 names] / ERECTED BY / BATTLE OF BENTONVILLE CHAPTER / UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY / 1941 / [List of five names]
Willow Valley Cemetery, City of Mooresville
May 9, 1941
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Butler, Douglas J. North Carolina Civil War Monuments, An Illustrated History, (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2013) 208
Osborne, Jessica. “Cemetery Project Seeks to Remember All Veterans,” Mooresville Tribune (Mooresville, NC), July 1, 2015, (accessed September 5, 2015) Link
“A Monument To Our Confederate Dead,” Mooresville Tribune (Mooresville, NC), May 15, 1941
Battle of Bentonville Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy
A 1941 news article on the dedication only included a photograph and an extended caption describing the monument. The ceremony was said to be impressive. It was noted that the monument had first been envisioned 17 years prior to its dedication.
Willow Valley Cemetery is the oldest in Mooresville with military burials back to the War of 1812. In July 2015 plans were announced for restoration work at the cemetery. A memorial to all veterans is planned and additional names since discovered but not listed on the 1941 Confederate marker will be added to a secondary one.
The Willow Valley Cemetery is located at 191 S Church St, Mooresville. The memorial is right at the entrance to the cemetery, at the intersection of S Church Street and E McLelland Avenue.
The monument stands under a large oak tree.
Ceremonies for Confederate Memorial day have been conducted at this site.