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  • Monument Name

    Fame Confederate Monument, Salisbury

  • Type

    Sculpture

  • Subjects

    Civil War

  • Creator

    Johnpaul Harris, Sculptor

    Mike Roig, Sculptor

  • City

    Salisbury

  • County

    Rowan

  • Description

    A bronze statue of the muse Fame supports a defeated and dying soldier who clutches his gun; Fame, a winged figure dressed in robes and wearing a laurel wreath atop her head, holds a second wreath high into the air as if to place it on the soldier. The statue stands on a pink granite pedestal. From the bottom of the pedestal to the top of the bronze grouping, the monument measures almost 23 feet.

    The United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) chapter decided on the statue in 1901. The completed statue arrived in Salisbury in 1905, but the land that the monument sits on wasn’t deeded to the UDC until 1908 by the Salisbury Board of Aldermen and Mayor.

    Images: Contemporary view | View from the intersection of West Innes and Church Streets | Rear view | Front inscription | Left inscription | Right inscription | The muse and the soldier | With St. John's Lutheran Church in the background

  • Inscription

    Southeast (front) base: IN MEMORY OF / ROWAN'S / CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS / THAT THEIR HEROIC DEEDS / SUBLIME SELF-SACRIFICE / AND UNDYING DEVOTION / TO DUTY AND COUNTRY / MAY NEVER BE FORGOTTEN / 1861-1865

    Northeast (right) base: THEY GAVE THEIR / LIVES AND THEIR FORTUNES FOR / CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERTY / AND STATE SOVEREIGNTY / IN OBEDIENCE TO THE TEACHINGS OF THE / FATHERS WHO FRAMED / THE CONSTITUTION / AND ESTABLISHED THE / UNION OF THESE STATES

    Southwest (left) base: SOLDIERS OF THE / CONFEDERACY / FAME HAS GIVEN YOU / AN IMPERISHABLE CROWN / HISTORY WILL RECORD / YOUR DARING VALOR / NOBLE SUFFERINGS AND / MATCHLESS ACHIEVEMENTS / TO THE HONOR AND / GLORY OF OUR LAND

    Northwest (back) base: DEO VINDICE / R.I.P.

  • Custodian

    Robert F. Hoke Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy

  • Dedication Date

    May 10, 1909

  • Decade

    1900s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.668410 , -80.471090 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Innes Street, Salisbury, NC" Rowan County, North Carolina Postcard Collection (P052), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill Link

      Heath, Charles L. E-mail to Molly Patterson, February 9, 2011

      Kern, William H. Phone conversation with Molly Patterson, February 9, 2011

      North Carolina Historical Commission. Eleventh Biennial Report of the North Carolina Historical Commission. December 1, 1924 to November 30, 1926, (Raleigh : Edwards & Broughton, 1927), 39-40, (accessed October 26, 2014) Link

      Smith, Walt. Personal Email to Molly Patterson, February 12, 2011

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Fifth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division, Held in Charlotte, N.C., October 9, 10, 11, 1901, (Raleigh, NC: Capital Printing Company, 1902), 101, (accessed May 23, 2012) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Fourteenth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division, Held at Rocky Mount N.C., October 12th, 13th, 14th 1910, [Raleigh, NC: Capital Printing Co., 1910], 85, (accessed September 3, 2012) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy North Carolina Division, Held at New Bern, N.C., October 13, 14, 15, 1920 (Charlotte, N.C.: Queen City Printing Company, 1920), 158, 160, (accessed September 10, 2012) Link

      “Downtown Salisbury Street Scenes - Confederate Monument,” Theo. Buerbaum’s Salisbury, (accessed Jan 19, 2012) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze statue, pink granite base.

  • Sponsors

    Robert F. Hoke Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy

  • Monument Cost

    $11,500 total ($10,000 for the bronze grouping, $1,500 for the granite base)

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Frances C. Fisher Tiernan, a Salisbury native, writer and novelist, and daughter of Col. Charles Fisher, composed a poem for the unveiling.

  • Subject Notes

    The dying soldier in the bronze grouping was modeled from an 1861 photograph of Confederate Lt. Henry Howe Cook of Franklin, Tennessee.

  • Location

    Located at the intersection of West Innes and Church Streets, facing southeast. Access is limited due to traffic.

  • Post Dedication Use

    It has been suggested that the monument be moved, as more than one car has run into the granite base. It was restored in 1991 by the Hoke Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC). The repairs cost $14,000 and were completed by Karkadoulias Bronze Art Co. in Cincinnati. The UDC also celebrated the monument’s centennial on May 9, 2009. The monument is occasionally used by the Hoke chapter of the UDC to commemorate specific Confederate soldiers by placing wreaths at the monument.

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