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  • Monument Name

    Weldon Confederate Memorial and Cemetery, Weldon

  • Type

    Cemetery

  • Subjects

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • Creator

    Toler Monuments, Wise, NC, Sculptor

  • City

    Weldon

  • County

    Halifax

  • Description

    The memorial lists the names of soldiers who died at the Wayside Hospital in Weldon and are believed to be buried at the Confederate Cemetery. It is a massive piece of granite 10 feet long and 5 feet tall. Incised in the center on each side are a crossed Confederate battle flag and Confederate national flag. Each side holds two columns of soldiers’ names with their company, regiment, state and death date. The inscription states that 164 soldiers died at the hospital but additional research has increased that total.

    Images: Rear view (courtesy of http://www.markeroni.com)

  • Inscription

    Front: DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY AND TO HONOR / THE 164 CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS WHO DIED / AT THE WELDON WAYSIDE HOSPITAL #9 / AND ARE PRESUMED TO BE BURIED AT / THE OLD SOLDIERS BURYING GROUNDS / WELDON, NORTH CAROLINA

    UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY / NORTH CAROLINA DIVISION / OCTOBER 11, 2009
    [List of names]

    Rear: LEAST WE FORGET
    [List of names]

  • Custodian

    Roanoke Rapids Chapter 2332 United Daughters of the Confederacy

  • Dedication Date

    October 11, 2009

  • Decade

    2000s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.434210 , -77.606650 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Confederate Soldiers Who Died at Weldon Wayside Hospital #9. ID code: 138848," http://www.markeroni.com, (accessed May 22, 2016) Link

      "Confederate soldiers getting monument in Weldon," Roanoke Rapids and Halifax County News from RRSpin, http://www.rrspin.com, 24 September 2009, (accessed May 22, 2016) Link

      “Weldon Confederate Cemetery (Also known as: Soldiers Burying Ground),” FindAGrave.com, (accessed May 18, 2016) Link

      “Weldon Confederate Cemetery,” North Carolina United Daughters of the Confederacy, http://www.ncudc.org, (accessed May 18, 2016) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    North Carolina Division United Daughters of the Confederacy

  • Monument Cost

    $8,000

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The dedication ceremony included a roll call of the names, reenactors providing a gun volley salute and Taps played on bagpipes.

  • Subject Notes

    The land with the cemetery was donated in 1913 to the now defunct Weldon Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy by an African-American man who had come to own the land. It was said that he wanted the graves to be taken care of.

    During the Civil War the town of Weldon was very important to the Confederate cause as it was situated directly on the line of four important railroads. One of these was the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad which was called the “Lifeline of the Confederacy.” These railroads were the main arteries for bringing troops and supplies from the South to Richmond and the Army of Northern Virginia.

  • Location

    The cemetery is located at the end of W. 1st St, Weldon, NC on a bluff overlooking Chockoyotte Creek.

  • Landscape

    The memorial stands on the grass in a wooded area.

  • Death Space

    Yes

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