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  • Monument Name

    Confederate Dead of Warren County, Warrenton

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • Creator

    Harry Demptser, Sculptor

    Cooper Brothers, Raleigh, NC, Designer

  • City

    Warrenton

  • County

    Warren

  • Description

    A marble statue of a Confederate soldier stands on a granite pedestal. A young mustachioed soldier, at ease resting against a tree trunk and leaning on his rifle, looks forward and downward with his hat in his hand.

  • Inscription

    BRAVE AND FEARLESS / PROUD AND PEERLESS / WERE WARREN'S SONS WHO WORE THE GRAY / ERECTED BY THE MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION OF WARREN COUNTY / TO THE CONFEDERATE DEAD OF WARREN COUNTY NC / ERECTED BY THE EFFORTS OF MRS. LUCY E POLK

  • Dedication Date

    August 27, 1903

  • Decade

    1900s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.401650 , -78.163680 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Fairview Cemetery," Find A Grave, www.findagrave.com, (accessed November 17, 2020) Link

      Emmanuel Episcopal Church. 20 April 1861 Sunrise Service Centennial, (Warrenton, NC: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1961), (accessed February 8, 2012) Link

      Montgomery, Walter A., and Tasker Polk. Address and Poem Delivered at the Unveiling of The Monument Erected to the Memory of the Confederate Dead of Warren County, N.C., August 27, 1903, (Raleigh, NC : Edwards and Broughton Printing Company, 1906), (accessed February 8, 2012) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Tenth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division, Held at Durham, N.C., October 10th, 11th and 12th 1906, (Newton, NC: Enterprise Job Print., 1907), 106-107, (accessed August 30, 2012) Link

      “Our Confederate Monument,” Warren Record (Warrenton, NC), August 28, 1903, 4

      “Warrenton Monument to Confederate Dead,” Warren Record (Warrenton, NC), Aug 7, 1903, 4 Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    White Carrara Marble statue, granite base.

  • Sponsors

    The Ladies Memorial Association of Warren County, Lucy Polk (president)

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Walter A. Montgomery was the keynote speaker. Montgomery delivered a lengthy address honoring his fellow Warren County Confederates, applauding the devotion of women to the Confederate cause then and since, and justifying the logic of secession and the honor of the Confederate cause. Tasker Polk (March 24, 1861 - July 5 1928) read a poem at the dedication.

    Montgomery was born in Warrenton in February of 1845, served in the 12th North Carolina Regiment during the Civil War, was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in 1864, and was paroled at Appomattox Courthouse. He was admitted to practice law in 1867. In 1873, he moved to Memphis, TN, but returned to North Carolina in 1876. In 1894, he was elected to the NC Supreme Court to fill an unexpired term for two years, and in 1896, he was elected for the full term of eight years. On its expiration, he returned to his private practice.

  • Location

    The memorial is located in Fairview Cemetery, at Fairlane Drive, Warrenton, Warren County, North Carolina, 27589.

  • Landscape

    The statue is surrounded by graveyards and large shady trees.

  • Death Space

    Yes

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