Weldon Confederate Memorial and Cemetery, Weldon
The memorial lists the names of soldiers who died at the Wayside Hospital in Weldon and are
believed to be buried at the Confederate Cemetery. It is a massive piece of granite 10 feet long
and 5 feet tall. Incised in the center on each side are a crossed Confederate battle flag and
Confederate national flag. Each side holds two columns of soldiers’ names with their company,
regiment, state and death date. The inscription states that 164 soldiers died at the hospital but
additional research has increased that total.
Images: Rear view (courtesy of http://www.markeroni.com)
Front: DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY AND TO HONOR / THE 164 CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS WHO
DIED / AT THE WELDON WAYSIDE HOSPITAL #9 / AND ARE PRESUMED TO BE BURIED AT / THE
OLD SOLDIERS' BURYING GROUND / WELDON, NORTH CAROLINA
UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY / NORTH CAROLINA DIVISION / OCTOBER 11, 2009
[List of names]
Rear: LEAST WE FORGET
[List of names]
Roanoke Rapids Chapter 2332 United Daughters of the Confederacy
October 11, 2009
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“Weldon’s Historic Soldier Cemetery No Longer in Disarray,” The Daily Herald (Roanoke Rapids, NC), May 16, 2013, (accessed October 17, 2017) Link
North Carolina Division United Daughters of the Confederacy
The dedication ceremony included a roll call of the names, reenactors providing a gun volley salute and Taps played on bagpipes.
The land with the cemetery was donated in 1913 to the now defunct Junius Daniels Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy by an African-American man, David Smith, who had come to own the land. It was said that he wanted the graves to be taken care of “because he had known of these men and learned to love them.”
During the Civil War the town of Weldon was very important to the Confederate cause as it was situated directly on the line of four important railroads. One of these was the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad which was called the “Lifeline of the Confederacy.” These railroads were the main arteries for bringing troops and supplies from the South to Richmond and the Army of Northern Virginia. The Weldon Wayside Hospital #9 treated many wounded from the Richmond-area battlefields. It is thought this memorial marks the site of 164 Confederate soldiers who died at the hospital.
The cemetery is located at the end of W. 1st St, Weldon, NC on a bluff overlooking Chockoyotte Creek. An older granite marker commemorates the Confederate Soldiers’ Burying Ground. It was probably placed early 20th Century.
The memorial stands on the grass in a wooded area.