Source: Confederate Monument, Wilson NC
Confederate Monument, Wilson
Yves St. Laurent, Sculptor
This monument displays a confederate soldier standing at rest atop a narrow, square column mounted on a three-layered pedestal. It honors the 101 Confederates who died in Wilson General Hospital #2 and sits atop a mound covering the mass grave containing the remains of these soldiers. A cannon lies to the left side of the monument, located in Maplewood Cemetery.
In 2003 two Sons of Confederate Veterans Camps erected a tablet at the base of the burial mound listing the names of men, mostly from North Carolina, who were interred there.
C.S.A. / 1861-1865 / OUR CONFEDERATE DEAD
May 10, 1902
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The Wilson County Confederate Veterans and the John W. Durham Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy
Featured speaker, Henry Blount, gave praise to women of the United Daughters of the Confederacy whose “devotion and love have kept alive the deathless deeds of the Confederacy.” C.M. Cooke of Louisburg also spoke. The monument was unveiled by a young girl, Virginia Davis, and young boy, Groves Connor. The ceremony also featured 500 school age children marching around the mass burial mound which held the monument strewing flowers as the marched. The Wilson Light Infantry fired three volleys as the ceremony closed. Music was provided by the Greenville and Dunn brass bands. 5000 attended.
The monument is located in Maplewood Cemetery, at 400 College Street, Wilson, NC.
The monument stands atop a mass grave of Confederate soldiers at Maplewood Cemetery, surrounded by trees and graveyards.
Memorial services are still occasionally held here on Confederate Memorial day, including in 2003.