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  • Monument Name

    Robeson County Confederate Monument, Lumberton

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    Civil War

  • Creator

    McNeel Marble Company, Marietta, GA, Supplier

  • City

    Lumberton

  • County

    Robeson

  • Description

    This colossal monument consists of a tapered pedestal upon which stands a uniformed Confederate soldier holding his gun in a resting position. The pedestal itself contains several inscriptions and images. There are crossed sabers carved onto the north side of the foundation, while the western side that faces the street displays mounted cannons. Above the base is an inscribed image of the Confederate flag.

    Images: 1916 postcard with the historic Robeson County Courthouse | 1940s photographic image

  • Inscription

    West face: 1865 / OUR CONFEDERATE DEAD

    North face: 1861 / THIS MARBLE MINSTREL'S VOICELESS STONE / IN DEATHLESS SONG SHALL TELL, / WHEN MANY A VANISHED AGE HATH FLOWN / THE STORY OF HOW THEY FELL. / ON FAME'S ETERNAL CAMPING GROUND, / THEIR SILENT TENTS ARE SPREAD, / AND GLORY GUARDS WITH SOLEMN ROUND / THE BIVOUAC OF THE DEAD.

    South face: ERECTED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF / THE UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY / IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE TWO THOUSAND / CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS OF ROBESON COUNTY.

  • Custodian

    Robeson County

  • Dedication Date

    May 10, 1907

  • Decade

    1900s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    34.620060 , -79.008230 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Monument at Lumberton," The Robesonian (Lumberton, NC), May 6, 1907, 8 Link

      "Report of Monument Fund," The Robesonian (Lumberton, NC), May 6, 1907, 8 Link

      "Robeson County Court House, Lumberton, N.C." Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill Link

      Folder 1269: Lumberton: Robeson County Courthouse, circa 1940s: Scan 1, in the North Carolina County Photographic Collection #P0001, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Link

      McAllister, J. A. "Report of Monument Fund," The Robesonian (Lumberton, NC), May 6, 1907

      North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. "Lumberton," North Carolina Civil War Monuments, (accessed March 20, 2013) Link

      Tyner, Kenneth Blake. Robeson County in Vintage Postcards, (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2005)

      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), 107, (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), 147, (accessed September 10, 2012) Link

      “Confederate Monument,” The Robesonian (Lumberton, NC), May 13, 1907, 1 Link

      “Notice to Subscribers to the Confederate Monument,” The Robesonian (Lumberton, NC), April 25, 1907, 1 Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Marble

  • Sponsors

    The United Daughters of the Confederacy

  • Monument Cost

    Money was raised by subscription with frequent reports within the local papers of who had donated. Donors promised at least $2774.81 to fund the monument. At least $1918 of these subscriptions were actually collected.

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The monument was still missing the statue, which had not arrived yet, that tops the monument for the dedication ceremony on Confederate Memorial Day (May 10) in 1907. It was latter added to the base. Governor Glenn gave a speech at the dedication and the crowd was estimated at 7000 people.

  • Subject Notes

  • Location

    The monument is located in front of the County Courthouse at 500 N Elm Street, Lumberton, NC 28358. It faces west.
    Right behind the courthouse building there is a paved courtyard located at the corner of N. Court Square Street and N. Chestnut Street. It includes the Robeson County War Memorial and plaques to General John Willis, George Washington Tree, Colonel Thomas Robeson, and George G. McPhail, Jr. Also behind the courthouse to the left of the courtyard is an Appalachian Indian Road (Boone Trail Highway) plaque attached to a large arrowhead.
    A 1939 bronze plaque to Robeson County War Dead is located inside the courthouse. It replaced a wooden painted tablet placed in March 1919.

  • Landscape

    The memorial stands atop and in between two stairs leading to the main entrance.

  • Former Locations

    The old Robeson County courthouse building was torn down and rebuilt, first in 1932 and then 1977. All three buildings kept the same location, 500 N. Elm Street in Lumberton, NC.

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