Bertie County Confederate Monument, Windsor
The monument depicts a confederate soldier at parade rest, with his gun resting on the ground. The statue rests on a column of smooth granite sitting atop a four-tier base of rough cut granite. Two crossed cannon are shown in relief on the column's cap beneath the statue. The monument’s inscription was most likely penned by local veterans.
The base and statue stand approximately nineteen-feet high in total, the statue itself is made of “White Bronze” (Zinc). The Bertie monument is one of only four public space monuments erected before 1904. Prior to then most had been placed in cemeteries.
Monument, front: WE RESPONDED TO / OUR COUNTRY'S / CALL / "WE FOUGHT AN / HONEST FIGHT. / WE KEPT THE / SOUTHRON'S FAITH. / WE FELL AT THE / POST OF DUTY. / WE DIED FOR THE / LAND WE LOVED." / ERECTED BY / THE CONFEDERATE / VETERANS / ASSOCIATION / OF BERTIE. 1896.
Base, front: OUR CONFEDERATE / DEAD / 1861-1865
Confederate Veterans Association of Bertie
August 13, 1896
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White Bronze and Fairfield Granite. “White Bronze” was a proprietary treatment of cast zinc produced by the Monumental Bronze Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut and its seven subsidiaries. Cast pieces were soldered internally to avoid visible seams. The outer surface was then sandblasted to create a carved-stone appearance.
Bertie County Confederate Veteran Association
The monument was unveiled on August 13, 1896, with a reported four thousand people attending. The featured address was given by former Confederate General and then United States Senator William Bate of Tennessee. Several generations of his forebears, including his father, had lived in Bertie County, and a public reception was given on the evening of the dedication to honor him. Two Bertie County survivors of Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg were also on the speaker's stand. After the unveiling and prior to the featured address Democratic candidate for Lt. Gov. Thomas W. Mason gave the monument presentation speech. Also featured was an original poem by John E. Tyler entitled “Bertie at Gettysburg.”
The monument is located on the east side of Dundee Street at the intersection with South King Street, Windsor, NC. It is located across the street from the courthouse.
The monument sits in a small brick plaza on the edge of the park at the intersection. There is a bench behind the monument, and the plaza is framed by shady trees.