Confederate Monument, Henderson
A Confederate soldier stands holding a rifle pointing at an angle toward the sky. The statue stands on top of a tall, multi-sectioned column divided by two platforms. A raised image of the Confederate flag is on the column, which stands on top of a multi-stepped base. It is 35 feet high. The inscription was composed by Capt. Orren Randolph Smith (who supposedly designed the first official flag of the Confederacy).
Front: OUR CONFEDERATE DEAD / PEACE TO THEIR ASHES: / HONOR TO THEIR MEMORY: / GLORY TO THEIR CAUSE / 1861-1865
Side: VANCE COUNTY CHAPTER / U.D.C./ NOV. 10 1910
On all four faces at top: C.S.A.
November 10, 1910
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"1st--Davidson, 2nd--Nash Arches, Guilford Battle Ground, Greensboro, N.C." in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill Link
Hathaway, Michael J. “Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads,” Civilwaralbum.com (accessed February 3, 2011) Link
Heath, Charles L. E-mail to Molly Patterson, February 9, 2011
Smith, Walt. Personal Email to Molly Patterson, February 12, 2011
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], 88, (accessed September 3, 2012) Link
United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Tenth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division, Held at Durham, N.C., October 10th, 11th and 12th 1906, (Newton, NC: Enterprise Job Print., 1907), 67, (accessed May 23, 2012) Link
Bronze and granite. The granite is from Warren County.
Vance County Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Vance County, and the City of Henderson each contributed $1,000.
Speakers included the Honorable William Walton Kitchen, Governor of North Carolina, and Julian S. Carr
In January 2011, Vietnam veteran James Mason expressed his feelings to the Henderson City Council that the monument is inappropriate. There has been some discussion of the appropriateness of the monument, especially in such a central part of town; however Henderson, NC does not actually have any ownership of the monument, so they do not have the power to move it.
The monument is located near the Vance County Courthouse.
The North Carolina General Assembly of 1909 authorized Vance County and the city of Henderson to each appropriate $1,000 for the construction of the monument.