Confederate Monument [Thrash's Monument], Candler
Standing twenty-one feet high, made of Tennessee marble, the monument consists of an obelisk atop a long narrow die on a single base. It was erected by Captain A. B. Thrash, commander of Company I, 25th Regiment of North Carolina Volunteers. Thrash had the monument erected to the memory of the Confederate company he commanded and of those who lie buried in the cemetery near the monument. Inscriptions appear on all four sides of the die to include all men and officers who served with Company I. Incised into the obelisk front is a stylized Confederate battle flag flowing from top to bottom. According to the 1907 volume of the Confederate Veteran, the image above includes survivors from Company I.
Images (by Rusty Long): Modern view of the monument | View of the obelisk | Front view | Left column | Names on the left column | Inscription on the rear | Right side | Far-off view
Obelisk front, above battle flag: ERECTED JAN. 1, 1903
Obelisk front, bottom edge: ERECTED BY G.W. SELLERS & SONS, / NEWPORT, TENN.
Column front: THRASH A.B. 3, CAPT.
[Two columns with 26 names] / MUSTER ROLL, CO. I, 25TH N.C. VOL. C.S.A. / ORGANIZED AT HOMINEY BAPTIST CHURCH, JULY 22, / 1861: SURRENDERED AT APPOMATTOX APR. 9, 1865
THE COMPANY WAS ENGAGED IN THE FOLLOWING / NOTED BATTLES / WHITEOAK SWAMPS, MALVERN HILL, SHARPSBURG, / FREDRICKSBURG, PLYMOUTH, DREWRY’S BLUFF, / AVERYS FARM, BLOW UP, OR GRANTS MINE, / WELDON RAILROAD, FORT STEADMAN, ALL THE / SEIGE OF PETERSBURG, (LASTING ONE AND ONE / -HALF MONTHS), FIVE FORKS, APPOMATOX.
J.C.L.GUDGER / PROMOTED TO ADJUTANT OF THE / REGIMENT.
Column right side: THIS LAND DONATED TO CO.I, 25TH, N.C. VOL. BY: - / W.G. CANDLER. / [List of 48 names in two columns]
Column rear: MORGAN W.Y. 2,CAPT. / [List of 48 names in two columns]
Column left side: HOWELL C.W. 1,CAPT. / [List of 48 names in two columns[
Montmorenci Methodist Church
August 8, 1903
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Confederate Veteran, 15 (1907), p. 210. Link
Confederate Veteran, 17 (1909), p. 473. Link
Butler, Douglas J. North Carolina Civil War Monuments, An Illustrated History (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2013), 122, 164, 223.
“Veterans’ Reunion at Candler Aug. 7,” Asheville Citizen Times (Asheville, NC), June 5, 1903
Captain A. B. Thrash and private subscriptions
The Company I, 25th NC Regiment annual reunion for 1903 was held August 7, 8 and 9 in Candler with the monument dedication taking place on Saturday the 8th. The program for the day was for a company roll call to take place at 11am. This was to be followed by addresses by W.G. Candler who donated the land where the monument stands and Locke Craig (later NC Governor). Dinner was scheduled for 2pm with Judge Fred Moore, J.M. Gudger, Jr. and others to speak afterwards. Asheville members of the Daughters of the Confederacy were also asked to attend.
An inscription states the monument was erected in January 1903 and news articles imply that it had been in place sometime before its dedication. That would make it the oldest erected Confederate monument in Buncombe County but the oldest dedicated memorial was the Confederate Monument at Newton County Cemetery in Asheville, NC. That dedication took place on June 3, 1903.
The monument is located at the rear edge of the cemetery at Montmorenci United Methodist Church. The address is 89 Old Candler Town Rd. in the unincorporated community of Candler, NC.
The church sits on a hilltop overlooking Old Candler Town Rd. The cemetery is behind and to the left of the church.