Confederate Memorial, Lincolnton
Southern Marble & Granite Company, Spartanburg, SC, Builder
The memorial is a classical granite table-type monument with four rectangular pillars sitting on a granite and inlaid marble base. A marble water fountain
is set on a marble-tile floor in the center of the monument.
Vintage postcard image of the monument
Front: TO THE CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS / OF LINCOLN COUNTY
Rear: ERECTED BY WALLACE REINHARDT CHAPTER / CHILDREN OF THE CONFEDERACY
City of Lincolnton
May 11, 1911
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Wallace Reinhardt Chapter, Children of the Confederacy
A newspaper account of the unveiling reported that more than 6,000 people were positioned throughout the town for the event. The day began with a memorial service in the courthouse beginning at 9:30 a.m. with a prayer led by the Rev. W. R. Minter, the memorial address given by the Hon. A. Nixon, and a benediction by the Rev. W. P. Dye. A procession to various cemeteries around the town followed, where veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy placed evergreen wreaths and flowers upon the graves of veterans. At 11:00, a procession of Children of the Confederacy with carriages and floats went to the train station to meet Mrs. Stonewall Jackson and all proceeded to the monument for the unveiling. The monument was presented to Lincoln County by Major W. A. Graham, Commissioner of Agriculture of North Carolina. Judge Nixon accepted the monument, and addresses were given by Graham, Nixon, and Governor Kitchin.
The monument is located at the northwest corner of the Lincoln County courthouse. The primary streets of Lincolnton (East and West Main, and North and South Aspen) radiate from the courthouse square; the monument stands at the intersection of Court Square Drive and West Main Street.
The surrounding courthouse square is dotted with historic monuments, including the Lincoln County Veterans Memorial that sits right to the right and the Lincoln County War Memorial located at the eastern entrance of the courthouse building. A rock with embedded plaque memorializing the 1780 Battle of Ramsour’s Mill is on the North side of the courthouse. The monument to Admiral Rufus Z. Johnston, Medal of Honor, is located to the right of the western entrance of the Lincoln County courthouse.
The memorial sits on a grassy area shaded by trees between the sidewalk and the city street.