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  • Monument Name

    Confederate Monument, Albemarle

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • Creator

    W.H. Mullins Company, Salem, OH, Foundry

    Palmer Stone Works, Builder

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    A statue of a common Confederate soldier stands atop a pedestal. The monument stands around ten feet tall and about four feet wide. The inscriptions are on three sides of the monument. The inscription on the right side quotes from Rudyard Kipling’s poem “Recessional,” which was composed on the occasion of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The monument was located on the lawn of Central Elementary School in the downtown area but now stands in a small public park area.

    Vintage postcard image of monument

  • Inscription

    Front Side (direction soldier is facing): 1861 / 1865 / CSA

    Right Side: In honor of the Confederate Soldiers of Stanly County / Erected by / Albemarle Chapter U.D.C. / 1925/ “The tumult and the shouting dies / The captains and the kings depart / Lord, God of Hosts, be with us yet / Lest we forget—lest we forget.”

    Left Side: “We care not whence they came / Dear in their lifeless clay / Whether unknown or known to fame / Their cause and country still the same / They died—and wore / the gray.”

  • Custodian

    City of Albemarle

  • Dedication Date

    September 25, 1925

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.349910 , -80.201080 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Butler, Douglas J. North Carolina Civil War Monuments, An Illustrated History, (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2013), 106, 159, 162, 225

      Smith, Blanche Lucas. North Carolina's Confederate Monuments and Memorials, (Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1941)

      “Confederate Monument, Albemarle, North Carolina,” in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill Link

      “Palmer Stone Works Get Award for Stanley Co. Confederate Slab,” The Albemarle Press (Albemarle, NC), May 14, 1925

      “Program at Unveiling,” The Albemarle Press (Albemarle, NC), September 3, 1925

      “Unveiling Monument Saturday Drew Large Crowd Albemarle,” The Albemarle Press (Albemarle, NC), September 10, 1925

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, granite

  • Sponsors

    UDC chapter of Albemarle

  • Monument Cost

    Approximately $5,000

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Mr. R. L. Brown spoke at the unveiling. Dr. (Major) T.A. Hathcock was the master of ceremonies and Miss Mary Mabry made the presentation address. Mrs. M. H. Morton accepted the monument on behalf of the UDC chapter. Veteran William Snotherly gave “reminiscences” of the war days and “Aunt Betty” Austin, oldest member of the UDC chapter, was chosen to unveil the monument.

  • Location

    The monument is located on South Depot Street, Albemarle, NC 28001. It is the memorial's fourth location.

  • Landscape

    The monument is situated behind three flags in a small public park, right off a public street.

  • Relocated


  • Former Locations

    The monument was originally located on a median in the center of the 100 Block of North First Street. In the early 1950s, it was relocated to a prominent location in front of Central Elementary School. The statue remained at this location until 1970 when it was moved to North Second Street in front of a Methodist church.

  • Approval Process

    Approved by city commissioners in 1924.

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