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  • Monument Name

    Confederate Burial Marker, Oakwood Cemetery, High Point

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • City

    High Point

  • County


  • Description

    This marker directs one to the site of the burial location where a Confederate Monument was placed in 1899. It is in the form of a narrow oval topped grave marker embedded into a mound of rocks held by mortar. Beneath the inscription is a large iron Southern Cross of Honor. A walkway of large flat stones set into the ground leads from a narrow lane that runs through the cemetery. A small plaque from a 2008 Eagle Scout project is at the end of this walkway which ends some yards from the marker.

    It’s uncertain when this marker was placed but as early as 1873 there was a call to place a memorial at the Confederate graves. It is most likely this was placed prior to 1899 to direct visitors to the burials before the more prominent, more visible memorial was placed.

    Images: Far-off view of the memorial | Eagle Scout plaque placed in 2008

  • Inscription


  • Custodian

    Oakwood Cemetery

  • Dedication Date

    Circa 1880

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.966910 , -80.007850 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Confederate Dead at High Point," The Greensboro Patriot (Greensboro, NC), May 7, 1873

      Moore, Carol. Guilford County and the Civil War, (Arcadia Publishing, 2015), 105-9, 116-117, (accessed August 22, 2017) Link

      “Confederate Soldiers Monument,” The Historical Marker Database,, (accessed October 10, 2023) Link

      “High Point and the Civil War,” Huggerwoggle and the Family Reserve, January 23, 2017, (accessed October 10, 2023) Link

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite, Iron

  • Subject Notes

    The monument directs one to the mass grave of men who died at the Barbee House which had been used as a Confederate Hospital. Those men had been buried at various places around High Point including people’s backyards. They were gathered and re-interred in 1867 at Oakwood Cemetery. Very rare for Civil War period mass burials is that the names for 48 of the 50 men buried there are known and appear on individual headstones.

  • Location

    The monument is located in Oakwood Cemetery, also known as Oakwood Memorial Park, or Oakwood Municipal Cemetery, at 512 Steele St, High Point, NC. Confederate Dead Monument stands nearby.

  • Landscape

    The cemetery occupies a hillside near downtown High Point, NC. Mostly open lawn with scattered trees the perimeter is more densely wooded with mature trees.

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