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  • Monument Name

    William Ruffin Cox Memorial, Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh

  • Type

    Obelisk

  • Subjects

    Historic Political Figures

    Historic Military Figures

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • City

    Raleigh

  • County

    Wake

  • Description

    The monument to William Ruffin Cox is in the form of a granite obelisk upon a single beveled base. Inscriptions describing his military and political career and role as a Mason appear on all four sides near the base.

    Images: Front side | Right side | Back side | Left side

  • Inscription

    Front: WILLIAM / RUFFIN COX / BORN / SCOTLAND NECK / NORTH CAROLINA / MARCH 11 1832 / DIED / RICHMOND VIRGINIA / DECEMBER 26 1919 / WARRIOR / JURIST STATESMAN

    Right Side: BRIGADIER GENERAL / ARMY OF NORTHERN / VIRGINIA CONFEDERATE / STATES OF AMERICA / GRAND MASTER / GRAND LODGE OF MASONS / OF NORTH CAROLINA / SOLICITOR / METROPOLITAN DISTRICT / CHAIRMAN / DEMOCRATIC STATE EXECUTIVE / COMMITTEE / JUDGE OF SUPERIOR COURT / MEMBER OF CONGRESS / SECRETARY / UNITED STATES SENATE

    Rear: HE PARTICIPATED / IN THE BATTLES OF / MEADOW RIDGE / SEVEN DAYS / MALVERN HILL / SHARPSBURG / FREDRICKSBURG / CHANCELLORSVILLE / SPOTTSYLVANIA / THE VALLEY CAMPAIGN / PETERSBURG – APPOMATTOX / HE BORE TO HIS DEATH / SCARS OF ELEVEN WOUNDS / RECEIVED IN BATTLE

    Left side: THE FIRST SHOT / AT FORT SUMTER / FOUND HIM READY. / HIS TROOPS / ORGANIZED / AND FROM THAT / HOURTO THE DAY / WHEN HIS SOLDIERS / ACTING UNDER HIS / ORDERS FIRED THE FINAL / VOLLEY AT APPOMATTOX / HE WAS IN ACTIVE SERVICE

  • Custodian

    Oakwood Cemetery

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.786160 , -78.625300 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Historic Oakwood Cemetery, http://historicoakwoodcemetery.org (accessed May 19, 2015) Link

      Williams, Max R. “Cox, William Ruffin,” NCPedia.org, (accessed November 5, 2015) Link

      “William Ruffin Cox,” Find A Grave, (accessed November 5, 2015) Link

      “William Ruffin Cox,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed November 5, 2015) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Subject Notes

    Historic Oakwood Cemetery was founded in 1869 in North Carolina's capital, Raleigh, near the North Carolina State Capitol in the city's Historic Oakwood neighborhood. Annual Confederate Memorial Day services are held at the Oakwood Cemetery each May.

  • Location

    The memorial is located in Historic Oakwood Cemetery, at 701 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27601. The obelisk stands in the Battle Section of Oakwood Cemetery, at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Chapel Circle. Monuments in the Confederate section of the cemetery include Memorial Arch, House of Memory, Confederate Monument, Memorial Wall, Gettysburg Memorial, Colonel McLeod Turner Monument, Col. Burgwyn Monument, General George Anderson Monument, CSS H.L. Hunley Submarine Memorial, Randolph Shotwell Memorial, Arlington Dead Marker and the Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker. The memorial to Worth Bagley is also located outside the Confederate section, but in Christ Church Section, Lot 1 of the cemetery.

  • Landscape

    The memorial is surrounded by grave markers and monuments.

  • Death Space

    Yes

  • Post Dedication Use

    The Oakwood Cemetery continues to serve for Confederate Memorial Services each Memorial Day.

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