Confederate Monument, Bentonville Battlefield, Four Oaks
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.
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 /
North Carolina Historic Sites
March 20, 1895
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Goldsboro Rifles, Bentonville Monumental Committee
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).
The memorial is on Harper House Road (Local Route 1008), east of Mill Creek Church Road, on the left when traveling east.
Other memorials at Bentonville Battleground include Bentonville Battlefield Memorial, Texas Soldiers Monument, North Carolina Confederate Soldiers, General Joseph Johnston, Civil War horses, 123rd Regiment New York State Volunteers, and Union Monument.
The column sits in a grassy area, in close proximity to other memorials at Bentonville Battlefield.
T.H. Bain was in charge of the procuring the monument.