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  • Monument Name

    123rd New York State Volunteers, Bentonville Battlefield, Four Oaks

  • Type

    Obelisk

  • Subjects

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • City

    Four Oaks

  • County

    Johnston

  • Description

    A nine feet tall obelisk stands on a double base. Near the top of the obelisk is incised an eagle with spread wings and a United States shield on its chest. Below the eagle is a large single star. The inscription appears on the upper base plinth. The memorial is bracketed by a low black metal fence on three sides.

    Images: Rear view

  • Inscription

    Front: 123 RD REGIMENT / NEW STATE/ /VOLUNTEERS / “THE” / WASHINGTON COUNTY / REGIMENT” / SEPTEMBER 4, 1862 – JUNE 8, 1865

    Rear: 2011

  • Custodian

    Larry Laboda

  • Dedication Date

    2011

  • Decade

    2010s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.303630 , -78.315920 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Tefft, Tim. “A Monument Raised In North Carolina Recalls The Service Of Men From Our County,” The Greenwich Journal And Salem Press (Greenwich, NY), March 3, 2011

      “123rd New York Volunteer Infantry, 1862-1865,” 28th Georgia/123rd New York Volunteer Infantry, (accessed April 18, 2016) Link

      “NC Man Reaches Out To Keep To Keep Civil War Memories Alive,” The Whitehall Times (Whitehall, NY), July 28, 2011, (accessed April 19, 2016) Link

  • Public Site

    No

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    Larry Laboda

  • Subject Notes

    The memorial to the 123rd New York Volunteers was the first monument in North Carolina outside of a federal cemetery that commemorated a Union regiment. Larry Laboda, the property owner, was originally from New York and had spent years researching this unit comprised of soldiers from Washington County in New York. The monument is placed directly on a path where members of the unit would have traversed. Another New Yorker living in Raleigh, Bob Farrell, obtained soil from several parts of Washington County and spread it around the monument.

  • Location

    The obelisk is located about 100 yards off Harper House Road, Four Oaks, NC, at the battlefield driving tour stop A: Confederate High Tide. A brick walk leads from the parking area to the statue of General Joseph Johnston. An unpaved walk to the statue’s right, in front of an unoccupied house, leads to the 123rd Regiment memorial which is located just past a monument to Civil War horses. It is on private property with public access.

    Other memorials at Bentonville Battleground include Bentonville Battlefield Memorial, Texas Soldiers Monument, Union Monument, North Carolina Confederate Soldiers, and Confederate Monument.

  • Landscape

    The memorial stands along a wood line facing a large open field that is still part of a working farm located on the Bentonville Battlefield. In the middle of this field is a small private memorial by Morris Farm to those who fought at Bentonville.

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