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  • Monument Name

    In Memory of Six Sons of Thomas and Mary Avera, Erwin

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • Creator

    Edgerton Memorials, Inc., Dunn NC, Foundry

  • City

    Erwin

  • County

    Harnett

  • Description

    The marker was placed in memory of the six sons of Thomas and Mary Avera that all served for North Carolina during the Civil War. Only one returned home alive. It stands just over five feet tall consisting of a granite block 24 inches wide and 8 inches thick on a granite base with a concrete pad for the foundation. Incised at the top of the monuments front face is a Confederate Cross of Honor. This symbol is often seen on the tombstones of Confederate veterans who served honorably. At the bottom beneath the inscription are five stars formed into a circle. A marker to the history of Old Averasborough and a memorial to Company B, 10 Battalion, NC Heavy Artillery form a triangle on the concrete pad. Four flagpoles surround this grouping. One flies the American flag, one the Confederate national flag, one the Confederate battle flag and one a Revolutionary War era flag.

    Images: Back inscription | Grouping of three monuments | Monuments and flagpoles

  • Inscription

    Front: IN MEMORY OF, / THE SIX SONS OF THOMAS AND MARY AVERA. / THEY LEFT AVERASBORO TO SERVE NORTH CAROLINA / IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES. / ONLY JOHN DANIEL AVERA RETURNED. / ISSAC AVERA - CO. K, 38TH REGIMENT / 1826-1863 / LUCIAN AVERA – Co. F, 15 REGIMENT / 1830-1863 / JOHN DANIEL AVERA – CO.B, 10TH BATTALION / 1832-1900 / WILLIAM RUFUS AVERA – CO.B, 10TH BATTALION / 1835-1864 / CALVIN A. AVERA – CO. F, 15TH BATTALION / 1842-1862

    Rear: [Lists of names of donors]

  • Custodian

    Bryan Avery

  • Dedication Date

    May 19, 2012

  • Decade

    2010s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.307110 , -78.679580 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      North Carolina History Project. "Averasboro (Town of)," (accessed June 25, 2014) Link

      Phone interview with Bryan Avery by Russell Long on August 27, 2015

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    Bryan Avery and Avery descendants

  • Monument Cost

    $2,500

  • Subject Notes

    Of the five sons that did not return from the Civil War, four died of disease. The fifth died of wounds received at the battle of Chancellorsville.

    The site is a permanent private easement to Bryan Avery but within a few feet of the public right of way. The public may access the site. The easement for the site was provided by Wade Hampton West.

  • Location

    The monument stands on the northwest corner of a four way intersection, Salt Market Street and Norris Road run east-west, and Chicora Road runs north-south. The monument forms a triangle, along with a marker to Company B, 10th Regiment NC Heavy Artillery and Olde Averasborough Monument.

  • Landscape

    The monument stands on the grass in rural area outside the town of Erwin.

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