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  • Monument Name

    Shelton Laurel Massacre Roadside Marker, Belva

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    This marker is part of the NC Historic Highway Markers Program. It is a metal plaque placed atop a metal rod. It is at the intersection of HWY 208 and HWY 212 in the Belva community of Madison County. It commemorates a famous case of Southern unionism in which eight Union sympathizers were accused and later executed for stealing salt from local stores and confederate stock piles. The event has become known as the Shelton Laurel Massacre. The marker is placed eight miles from the place of execution and the mass grave in which the Unionist were buried in by Confederate troops. The grave site is marked with a modern marker.

  • Inscription

    Thirteen men and boys, / suspected of Unionism, / were killed by Confed-/ erate soldiers in early / 1863. Graves 8 mi. E.

  • Custodian

    NC Department of Cultural Resources

  • Dedication Date

    October 1988

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.935000 , -82.743310 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Madison County Tourism Development Authority. "Marshall, North Carolina Historic Markers" Link

      North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. "Shelton Laurel Massacre," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,, (accessed June 5, 2014) Link

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Cast metal

  • Sponsors

    NC Cultural Resources Department, Ms. Paul Shelton, Rick Dillingham, Alex Stoesen

  • Subject Notes

    The inspiration from the marker came after the Historic Highway Marker’s program director Michael Hill attended a conference and heard “Victim’s” author, Phillip Paludin speak. Intentionally placed eight miles from gravesite to protect against desecration. The marker has never been replaced.

  • Location

    The marker is placed on the intersection of NC HWY 208 and NC HWY 212.

  • Landscape

    The marker is situated on a highway intersection on the banks of a small creek.

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