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  • Monument Name

    Cabarrus County Confederate Dead, Concord

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    This monument is a tall, tapered marble column with a small sphere atop. The shaft, weighing twenty-five thousand pounds, is constructed of eight sections, with an angular capping detail below the orb. The front face is inscribed to the memory of the Cabarrus County Confederate dead.

  • Inscription

    1861 - 1865. / In Memoriam. / This Monument Is Erected To / the Memory of the Confederate Dead / of Cabarrus County, N.C. / With granite and marble and branch of the cypress / The emblem of peace shall thy slumbers enshrine. / Then take this memento: 'tis all we can offer. / O graves of our comrades, this tribute is thine!

  • Custodian

    Historic Cabarrus Association, Inc.

  • Dedication Date

    May 5, 1892

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.409330 , -80.579730 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "A Monument for the Confederate Soldiers of Cabarrus," The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), February 17, 1892 Link

      "In Memoriam 1861 - 1865," The Historical Marker Database,, (accessed July 14, 2021) Link

      Confederate Veteran 6 (1898), p. 268. Link

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

      “Cabarrus County Court House, Concord, N.C.," in North Carolina Postcard Collection (P052), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (accessed November 8, 2013) Link

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques


  • Sponsors

    Ladies' Memorial Association of Concord

  • Monument Cost


  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The monument was placed in April 1892. Many attended the May 5 unveiling at the courthouse. According to the Confederate Veteran, Major W. M. Robbins was the speaker of the day, having been escorted by a large procession led by the Concord Black Boys' Drum Corps. The thirteen Confederate States were symbolized by thirteen small girls in Confederate uniform. A choir sang, and Dr. C. M. Payne gave a prayer. Four small girls unveiled the monument, and the event concluded with the singing of "The Old North State."

  • Location

    The monument sits in front of the old Cabarrus County courthouse on the east side of South Union Street in Concord, NC. It faces roughly west. The Cabarrus Black Boys Fountain stands on its left and faces Means Avenue SE.

  • Landscape

    The monument sits in the lawn area in front of the entrance to the courthouse.

  • Post Dedication Use

    In her 1941 book, Blanche Smith observed that every year on May 10, Confederate Memorial Day, school children developed the custom of covering the monument with flowers.

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