Confederate Soldiers' Burying Ground, Weldon
The Confederate Soldiers' Burying Ground memorial is a flat arch tablestone granite marker. The stone is unfinished except for a smooth inset rectangle which holds the inscription. It is unknown when the marker was placed but probably early 20th Century.
C.S.A. / NEAR HERE / LIE 100 / SOLDIERS / 1861 – 1865
Roanoke Rapids Chapter 2332 United Daughters of the Confederacy
Early 20th Century
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Butler, Douglas J. North Carolina Civil War Monuments, An Illustrated History, (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2013), 109
“Junius Daniel Chapter,” The Roanoke News (Weldon, NC), March 13, 1913
“Junius Daniel Chapter,” The Roanoke News (Weldon, NC), March 14, 1912
“Unmarked Graves,” The Roanoke News (Weldon, NC), May 28, 1896
“Weldon Confederate Cemetery (Also known as: Soldiers Burying Ground),” FindAGrave.com, (accessed May 18, 2016) Link
“Weldon’s Historic Soldier Cemetery No Longer in Disarray,” The Daily Herald (Roanoke Rapids, NC), May 16, 2013, (accessed October 17, 2017) Link
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. Nearby is a newer memorial erected by the North Carolina U.D.C. in 2009.
The memorial marker stands on the grass, surrounded by mature trees of the Weldon Confederate Cemetery.