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  • Monument Name

    Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker, Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh

  • Type

    Plaque

  • Subjects

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • City

    Raleigh

  • County

    Wake

  • Description

    This bronze plaque commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. It is attached to a granite lectern shaped marker on a one piece base. It rests a dozen feet to the left and slightly behind the Memorial Arch dedicated in 1910.

    Images: Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker and Memorial Arch | Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker at the Oakwood Cemetery

  • Inscription

    1861 1865 / THE UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY / NORTH CAROLINA DIVISION / COMMEMORATES THE SESQUICENTENNIAL OF THE / WAR BETWEEN THE STATES / “WE THANK THEE FOR OUR CONFEDERATE HISTORY - / IT’S PURE RECORD OF VIRTUE, VALOR AND SACRIFICE.” / 2011 2015

  • Custodian

    Oakwood Cemetery

  • Dedication Date

    April 11, 2015

  • Decade

    2010s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.785030 , -78.628010 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Gasson, Patricia. “Division Presidents Report,” Confederate Courier: United Daughters Of The Confederacy–North Carolina Division 43.2 (September 2015), 1-4 Link

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

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite, bronze

  • Sponsors

    United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The marker was dedicated as part of the North Carolina Division, UDC spring executive committee meeting in April 2015. Remarks were given by the Monument Committee Chairman, Aileen Ezell, as well as the Chairman of the Sesquicentennial Committee, Sue Curtis. After an invocation the Ritual of the United Daughters of the Confederacy was repeated. Caroline Odom was presented with a certificate of appreciation as being instrumental in creating and having the maker erected.

  • 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, in Confederate section. The 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, and Arlington Dead Marker stand in the same section of the Oakwood Cemetery. Outside the Confederate section are memorials to Worth Bagley and William Ruffin Cox.

  • Landscape

    The memorial stands on a grassy area, surrounded by shrubbery and trees.

  • Post Dedication Use

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

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