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  • Monument Name

    Confederate Monument, Asheboro

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • Creator

    Blue Pearle Granite Co. , Supplier

    W.H. Mullins Company, Salem, OH, Supplier

  • City

    Asheboro

  • County

    Randolph

  • Description

    Full-length figure of a uniformed Confederate soldier stands atop a 25'10" pedestal with a 9'6" square granite base. The figure's proper left foot is propped on what appears to be a knapsack. He holds his rifle with bayonet attached in front of him, the butt at his proper right foot. Other uniform items include a wide-brimmed hat, canteen and gun powder flask. The base is decorated with reliefs of crossed rifles and a flag. The memorial is dedicated to the Confederate veterans of Randolph County.

  • Inscription

    Front: 1861-1865 / Erected 1911 under the auspices of Randolph County Chapter U.D.C. / "Lest We Forget" / Our Confederate Heroes

    Rear: RANDOLPH'S COMPANIES / D -- 22nd Regiment Infantry / I -- 22nd Regiment Infantry / L -- 22nd Regiment Infantry / H -- 38th Regiment Infantry / F -- 46th Regiment Infantry / G -- 46th Regiment Infantry / B -- 52nd Regiment Infantry / P -- 7th Regiment Infantry / F -- 2nd Battalion

  • Custodian

    Randolph County

  • Dedication Date

    September 2, 1911

  • Decade

    1910s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.706110 , -79.813100 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Confederate Monument - Asheboro, NC ," Waymarking.com, (accessed November 19, 2019) Link

      "For Unveiling Day," The Courier (Asheboro, NC), September 7, 1911, 3 Link

      "Landmark #1," Notes on the History of Randolph County, NC, (accessed Jan 19, 2012) Link

      Baity, Crystal. “’Hugo’ Returns Home,” The Courier-Tribune (Asheboro, NC), January 25, 1990, 1A

      Underwood, William. "E. E. Moffitt, 1836-1930," Documenting the American South (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography edited by William S. Powell), (accessed February 2, 2012) Link

      Whatley, Mack. "The Randolph County Confederate Monument" in "Notes on the History of Randolph County, NC," (accessed November 10, 2019) Link

      “Confederate Monument,” The Courier (Asheboro, NC), July 20, 1911 Link

      “Mr. E.L. Moffit’s Speech at Unveiling,” The Courier (Asheboro, NC), Sept. 14, 1911 Link

      “Randolph Chapter of U.D.C.,” The Courier (Asheboro, NC), September 7, 1911 Link

      “Randolph County’s Unveiling Day,” The Courier, (Asheboro, NC), September 7, 1911 Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    The base is made of Mt. Airy granite. The figure is bronze.

  • Sponsors

    The Confederate monument was purchased by the United Daughters of the Confederacy under the leadership of Elvira Worth Walker Moffitt, the daughter of the county’s only Governor of North Carolina, Jonathan Worth.

  • Monument Cost

    $1,700

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The monument was unveiled Sept 2, 1911 at the two-year-old county courthouse, at a public event attended by an estimated 3,000 persons (about twice the population of Asheboro at the time). The keynote speaker was North Carolina Chief Justice Walter M. Clark, a Confederate veteran and author of the Regimental History series N.C. Troops. Congressman Robert N. Page delivered a “Eulogy to Old Soldiers,” and the President of the Randolph Chapter of the UDC, Miss May McAlister (the grand-daughter of Dr. John Milton Worth), unveiled the monument. It was “presented by” E.L. Moffitt, the President of Elon College; “accepted for the veterans” by the State Auditor, W.P. Wood; “for the county,” by county attorney H.M. Robins; and “for the town” by Mayor J.A. Spence. Bands played, songs were sung, and the UDC hosted a dinner on the grounds of the Presbyterian Church across the street, at which 250 watermelons were cut and served to the crowd.

  • Nickname

    The soldier was nicknamed “Hugo,” after the hurricane that knocked it down in September 1989.

  • Location

    The monument is located in front of the Randolph County Courthouse facing south, in Asheboro, NC.

  • Landscape

    The memorial stands on the courthouse lawn.

  • Post Dedication Use

    The monument was toppled off of its pedestal by Hurricane Hugo in September of 1989. It was discovered that the internal structure (the internal armature reinforcing rods) had been damaged by rust. The monument was repaired by Adrien Van Der Staak and rededicated January 24, 1990.

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