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  • Monument Name

    Confederate Soldiers Monument, Greensboro

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Removed Monuments

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    Sometime after 2020 the memorial has been permanently removed. This rectangular stone monument held a bronze plaque listing the military regiments from Greensboro and Guilford County that served in the Civil War.

  • Inscription

    TO THE MEMORY / OF THE MEN OF GREENSBOROUGH AND GUILFORD COUNTY, / WHO FOUGHT FOR NORTH CAROLINA AND THE CONFEDERACY / IN THE WAR FOR SOUTHERN INDEPENDENCE. / 1861-1865 / THESE WHILE IN THE PRIME OF LIFE, / FOUGHT, BLED AND DIED; / WALKING IN THE STEPS OF FATHER / ABRAHAM (GEN. 14:13-14) / IN BEHALF OF A LOST CAUSE. / WHILE SOME OF THESE IN OUR CHURCH- / YARDS SLEEP, / OTHERS FILL AN UNKNOWN GRAVE; / WHETHER UNKNOWN OF KNOWN TO FAME / THEIR CAUSE AND COUNTRY STILL THE / SAME. / THEY DIED AND WORE THE GRAY. / (BY JOHN A. SLOAN) / COMMANDER OF THE GUILFORD GRAYS / THE MEN OF GUILFORD / INFANTRY / 1. CO. E – 2 REG. N.C. “THE GUILFORD GUARDS” / 2. CO. M – 21 REG. N.C. “THE GUILFORD DIXIE BOYS” / 3. CO. E – 22 REG. N.C. “THE GUILFORD MINUTE MEN” / 4. CO. B – 27 REG. N.C. “THE GUILFORD GRAYS” / 5. CO. B – 45 REG. N.C. “CAPT. CHARLES E. SHOBERS CO.” / 6. CO. C – 45 REG. N.C. “THE GUILFORD LIGHT INFANTRY” / 7. CO. A – 53 REG. N.C. “CAPT. A.P. McDANIEL’S CO.” / 8. CO. D – 53 REG. N.C. “CAPT. DAVID SCOTT, JR’S CO.” / 9. CO. F – 54 REG. N.C. “THE STONEWALL BOYS” / CAVALRY / 10. CO. F – 19 REG. – 2 N.C. CAV. “THE GUILFORD CAVALRY” / 11. CO. I – 63 REG. – 5 N.C. CAV. “CAPT. JOHN E. WHARTON’S PARTISAN RANGERS” / 12. CO. K – 63 REG. – 5 N.C. CAV. “CAPT. NAT P. RANKIN’S PARTISAN RANGERS” / 13. CO. H – 16 BATTALION N.C. CAV. “CAPT. THOMAS R. DUVAL’S CO.” / RESERVES / 14. CO. A – 72 REG. – 3 N.C. JUNIOR RESERVES “CAPT. JOHN W. PITTS CO.” / 15. CO. B – 77 REG. – 7 N.C. SENIOR RESERVES “CAPT. JACOB BOON’S CO.” / 16. CO. C – 77 REG. – 7 N.C. SENIOR RESERVES “CAPT. W.B. JOHNSTON’S CO.” / HOME GUARD / 17. 4 REG. N.C. HOME GUARD “COL. JAMES R. COLE’S REG.” / ‘LEST WE FORGET’

    On a smaller plaque below: ERECTED MAY 10, 1986 / BY / THE COL. JOHN SLOAN CAMP, 1290 / SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS

  • Dedication Date

    May 10, 1986

  • Decade

    1980s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.067510 , -79.790030 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Men of Greensboro and Guilford County," The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed July 6, 2017) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite, bronze

  • Sponsors

    Sons of Confederate Veterans - Col. John Sloan Camp, 1290

  • Monument Cost

    $9000

  • Nickname

    “Men of Greensboro and Guilford County”

  • Controversies

    Following the massacre of nine African Americans in a church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015 by white supremacist Dylann Roof, Americans, especially southerners, have reflected on and argued over the historical legacy of slavery, the Civil War, the Confederacy, and white supremacy. Monuments have been a particular focus of these debates and controversies, especially after the death of a counter-protester, Heather Heyer, at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017 and after President Donald Trump expressed his opposition to the removal of Confederate memorials. Despite laws in many southern states intended to prevent or impede the removal or relocation of historical monuments, protesters and local community leaders have removed or relocated controversial monuments associated with slavery, the Confederacy, and white supremacy. The pace of the removal of controversial monuments accelerated sharply in 2020, following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  • Location

    The memorial has been permanently removed sometime after 2020. See "Former Locations" section for more information.

  • Removed

    Yes

  • Former Locations

    The marker stood at the intersection of S. Davie Street and E. McGee St. in Greensboro, North Carolina. Next to it was a memorial marker dedicated to those who fought in the Army of Tennessee. The memorial stood on the grass behind evergreen bushes and next to shady magnolia and other trees. The geo coordinates were: 36.067510 , -79.790030.

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