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  • Monument Name

    Confederate Monument, Bentonville

  • Type

    Column

  • Subjects

    Civil War

  • City

    Four Oaks

  • County

    Johnston

  • Description

    The monument is a granite column with a broad trapezoidal base on which the names of the Confederate dead from the Battle of Bentonville are inscribed. The column is topped by a cannonball-like sphere. It marks a mass grave containing approximately 360 Confederates who died at the Battle of Bentonville, March 19-21, 1865.

  • Inscription

    Front: IN MEMORY OF / THE CONFEDERATE/ DEAD / ERECTED UNDER / THE AUSPICES OF / GOLDSBORO RIFLES / OCTOBER 10, 1894.

    Left: ON THIS SPOT AND / IN THIS VICINITY / WAS FOUGHT / THE BATTLE OF / BENTONVILLE / MARCH 19, 1865.

    Right: TWENTY THREE OF / THOSE BURIED HERE / HAD THEIR LAST HOURS / SOOTHED BY THE / LOVING CARE OF / JOHN HARPER AND / HIS NOBLE WIFE / AMY A. HARPER.

    Rear: Nor shall your glory / be forgot While Fame / her record keeps. Or / Honour points the / hallowed spot Where / Valor proudly sleeps.;

    Names inscribed around the base: Everett King, Co. B, 1 N.C. Batl’n / G.C. Taylor, Co. A, 1 N.C. Batl’n / M.J. Taylor, Co. B, 1 N.C. Batl’n / Arnold Rabon, Co. C, 1 N.C. Batl’n / Duncan Brown, Co. A, 1 N.C. Batl’n / J.A. McPhaul, Co. A, 1 N.C. Batl’n / Jacob Sours, Co. D, 1 N.C. Batl’n / Capt. R.G. Rankin, Co. A, 1 N.C. Batl’n / T.J. Blount, Co. A, 61 N.C. Reg’t / Zac Ellis, 1 N.C. Batl’n / Marx E. Cohen, Harts Battery, S.C. /

    J.R. Stringfield, Co. C, 6 Ga. Reg’t / J.W. Glover, Co. F, 6 Ga. Reg’t / S. King, Co. H, 27 Ga.Reg’t / T.J. Nail, Co. H, 27 Ga. Reg’t / A.B. Williams, Co. A, 34 Va. Reg’t / F.M. Williams, Co. C. Ark / Allen Lansdown, Co. E, 23 Ga. Reg’t / G.S. Beavers, Ga. / D.B. Nolger, Co. K, 39 Ala. Reg’t / Lieut. George M. Stoney, 1 S.C. Reg’t /

    Col. R.M. Saffell, Tenn / Columbus Gilliam, Co. F, 1 Tenn Cal / E.A. Smotherman, Co. D, 45 Tenn Reg’t / J.H. Edwards, Co. B, 26 Tenn Reg’t / Capt. R.P.H Heacock, Co. A, 30 Ala Reg’t / Capt. J.A. Latham, 40 Ala Reg’t / Lieut J.W. Layermer, 42 Ala Reg’t / Lieut Edmund Pettus, Ala / J.M. Moon, S.C. / Charles T. Quigley, Co. B. 2 S.C. Reg’t Art / John M. Leathe, 1 S.C. Reg’t Art /

    Harley Nance, Co. K, 1 N.C. Batl’n / W.E. Read, Co. D, 13 N.C. Batl’n / Allen Wooten, 10 N.C. Batl’n / James F. Chambers, Co. B, 40 N.C. Reg’t / H.J. Taylor, Co. H, 40 N.C.reg’t / L.B. Flack, Co. G, 50 N.C. Reg’t / T.J. Hampton, Co. K, 50 N.C. Reg’t / J.A. Thomas, Co. B, 40 N.C. Reg’t / Lt. Col. Edward Mallett, 61 N.C. Reg’t /

  • Custodian

    North Carolina Historic Sites

  • Dedication Date

    March 20, 1895

  • Decade

    1890s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.302300 , -78.320100 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Confederate Dead Monument," The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed February 18, 2011) Link

      "In Honor of the Gray," The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), March 22, 1895, 1-4 Link

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

      "The Bentonsville Monument," The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), March 21, 1895 Link

      Confederate Veteran 2 (1894), 335 Link

      Confederate Veteran 3 (1895), 231 Link

      Crow, Amy Beth. "Confederate Memory and the Making of the Solid South in North Carolina: the Goldsboro Rifles' Bentonville Monument, 1894-1895," Masters' Thesis, (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 2002)

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    Goldsboro Rifles, Bentonville Monumental Committee

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Rev. J.J. Harper gave a prayer at the dedication. General (and former Governor of South Carolina) Wade Hampton attended the unveiling, accompanied by 13 young ladies in military dress (one for each Confederate State).

  • Death Space

    Yes

  • Approval Process

    T.H. Bain was in charge of the procuring the monument.

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