United Spanish War Veterans Memorial, Statesville
The United Spanish War Veterans Memorial is a granite tablestone 8-foot high, 3-feet wide and a foot thick on a single base. The tablestone has a rusticated finish except for a large portion of the front which is smooth with a United Spanish War Veterans medal above the inscription; both carved in relief. The medal is a cross with equal arms behind a circle. The crosses’ arms encase the words CUBA, PORTO RICO, U.S.A., and PHILLIPPINE ISLANDS. Around the circle is UNITED SPANISH WAR VETERANS 1898-1902. Inside the circle is a depiction of two men holding weapons, a third figure, possibly a female, and a ship in the background assumed to be the U.S.S. Maine.
Images: The Iredell County Confederate Memorial and United Spanish War Veterans Memorial
Front: IN MEMORY OF / UNITED SPANISH AMERICAN / WAR VETERANS / 1898 – 1902
ERECTED BY/ JOHN M. ALLISON CAMP NO. 16 / AND / AUXILIARY CAMP NO.13
June 2, 1946
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“Memorial Monument Unveiled,” Statesville Record and Landmark (Statesville, NC), June 3, 1946
“The United Spanish War Veterans Medal,” The Spanish American War Centennial Website, (accessed April 24, 2017) Link
“To Unveil Monument on June 2,” Statesville Record And Landmark (Statesville, NC), May 27, 1946
“United Spanish American War Veterans Memorial,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed April 24, 2017) Link
John M. Allison Camp No. 16 and Auxiliary Camp No. 13 United Spanish American War Veterans
Mr. R.A. Collier gave a brief address and presented several historical points. He noted that the war’s first casualty, Worth Bagley, was from North Carolina, that it was fought with an all-volunteer army, was ultimately responsible for completion of the Panama Canal and led to eradication of Yellow Fever. He also said that “it reunited the North and South so that now there is no North, no South, no East, no West, just one great country under one beautiful flag."
The Spanish American War began and ended in 1898. The Philippine-American War was fought from 1899 through 1902. Anyone who served in either war was eligible for membership in the United Spanish War Veterans.
The Spanish War Veteran medal has Puerto Rico spelled as Porto Rico which was the spelling in use at the beginning of the 20th century.
The monument stands on the south lawn of the historic Iredell County Courthouse at Court Street and South Center Street in Statesville, NC. To the right, directly in front of the courthouse, is the Iredell County Confederate Memorial.
Both memorials stand on the well-maintained courthouse lawn, surrounded by mature shady trees.