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  • Monument Name

    Confederate Soldier Monument, Reidsville

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    Civil War

  • City

    Reidsville

  • County

    Rockingham

  • Description

    A marble statue of a uniformed Confederate soldier stands erect while resting the butt of his rifle on the base of the sculpture. The base of the sculpture contains inscriptions on all four sides as well as an inscription of two crossed flags below the letters C.S.A.

  • Inscription

    Front: TO THE / CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS / OF / ROCKINGHAM COUNTY

    Right: GOD BLESS NORTH CAROLINA / R. E. LEE / LET POSTERITY LEARN THEIR/ TRUE STORY AND FOREVER / PONDER THEIR PATRIOTIC DEVOTION

    Left: AT THEIR COUNTRY’S CALL THEY / SPRANG TO HER DEFENSE; / AND ON THE ALTAR OF CIVIL LIBERTY / OFFERED AS A SACRIFICE / THEIR PROPERTY AND THEIR LIVES

    Rear: TRUE AS THE STEEL OF THEIR / TIRED BLADES. / HEROS IN HEART AND HAND, / THEY FOUGHT LIKE BRAVE MEN, / LONG AND WELL.

  • Dedication Date

    June 29, 1910

  • Decade

    1910s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.361580 , -79.664270 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Confederate Monument, Reidsville, NC," Rockingham Community College, Wentworth, NC, (accessed January 21, 2014) Link

      "Monument and Post Office, Reidsville, N.C.," in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, (accessed December 10, 2012) Link

      "Monument and Post Office, Reidsville, N.C.," in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, (accessed December 12, 2012) Link

      "North Carolina Civil War Monuments," North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, (accessed January 23, 2012) Link

      "Rebel Monument Loses its Place in Reidsville" The Reidsville Review (Riedsville, NC), August 11, 2011 (accessed December 5, 2011) Link

      Confederate Veteran 18 (1910), 424 Link

      Battaglia, Danielle. "HPAC, SCV File Lawsuit Against Reidsville," Godanriver.com, April 3, 2012 (accessed May 11, 2012) Link

      Battaglia, Danielle. "Reidsville Rings in the Holiday Season with Christmas Parade," Godanriver.com, November 23, 2011 (accessed December 5, 2011) Link

      Dolan, Mary. "Reidsville Confederate Celebration Small, Peaceful," Godanriver.com, July 1, 2010, (accessed February 3, 2011) Link

      Ewing, J. Brian. "Century-old Debate is Brought to a Head," The News and Record (Greensboro, NC), May 24, 2011, (accessed December 5, 2011) Link

      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], 27, 96, 110, (accessed September 3, 2012) Link

      Waymarking.com. "Memorial to Confederate Soldiers, Reidsville, NC," (accessed May 12, 2012) Link

      Williams, Mrs. Rodney P. "Rockingham County Chapter #0586," in United Daughters of the Confederacy, (Paducah: Turner Publishing Company, 1999), 31, (accessed February 8, 2012) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Marble

  • Sponsors

    United Daughters of the Confederacy, Rockingham County Chapter #586

  • Monument Cost

    $2,116

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The crowd sang "America" at the 1910 unveiling of the monument. Speeches were given by H. R. Scott, Mayor Fancis Womack, Mr. E.R. Harris of the Scales Boyd Camp of the United Confederate Veterans, and Cyrus B. Watson.

  • Controversies

    As with many Confederate monuments, the continued presence of the statue is a point of contention within the community. After a car accident destroyed the monument, some residents celebrated its removal, while others demanded its replacement. There was some confusion over who actually owned the monument; Reidsville and the North Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) decided not to return a repaired sculpture to the original location in front of the library. Local groups formed, some opposing a new monument and others calling for a replacement. Organizations for and against replacing the monument participated in the 2011 Reidsville Christmas parade.

    In December of 2011, the UDC announced its intent to repair the monument and relocate it to the nearby Greenview Cemetery. The newly formed Historic Preservation Action Committee and the North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) filed a lawsuit against the city of Reidsville, the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy; the lawsuit claims the monument to be public property and demands the return of the statue to its original location. Adding to the confusion, some members of the local branch of the UDC have also sided with the SCV instead of the state leadership.

  • Location

    The monument faces South.

  • Landscape

    The monument is located in the center of the traffic circle at the intersection of W. Morehead St. and N. Scales St. in Reidsville. It is surrounded by a circular bed of flowers and a circular brick sidewalk.

  • Former Locations

    On May 23, 2011, a car struck the monument after the driver fell asleep. The statue was shattered. As of April 2012, a new statue is planned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in nearby Greenview Cemetery.

  • Post Dedication Use

    The 100th anniversary celebration of the monument's creation was held on July 1, 2010.

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