Confederate Monument, State Capitol, Raleigh

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Confederate Monument, Raleigh NC
Confederate Monument
State Capitol, Raleigh
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Description: This 75-foot-tall monument to fallen Confederate soldiers is located on the State Capitol grounds. At the top of the column is a statue depicting a Confederate artillery soldier holding a gun. Near the bottom of the column are two statues, one representing the Confederate infantry and the other a Confederate cavalryman. Two 32 pounder naval cannons stand on each side of the monument.
In 1892, state legislators endorsed the goal of building a Confederate monument in Capital Square. Secretary of State Octavius Coke held a meeting of members of both the Ladies Memorial Association and the North Carolina Monumental Association in June 1892 to launch a campaign to erect a memorial to deceased Confederate soldiers from North Carolina.
Images: Contemporary view | Rear view | Front inscription | Back inscription | Cavalryman | Infantryman | Right cannon | Left cannon | Plaques on naval cannons

Front, on shaft: TO OUR / CONFEDERATE / DEAD
Rear, on base: FIRST AT / BETHEL / LAST AT / APPOMATTOX / 1861. 1865.

Dedication date: May 20, 1895
Creator: Leopold Von Miller II, Sculptor Muldoon Monument Company, Builder
Materials & Techniques: Mt. Airy Granite, bronze statues
Sponsor: State of North Carolina, Women's Monument Association
Cost: $22,000
Unveiling & Dedication: Dedicated on May 20, 1895. Unveiled by Julia Jackson Christian, Granddaughter of Stonewall Jackson. Speakers included Captain Samuel Ashe, Thomas W. Mason, and Alfred Waddell.
Post dedication use: The Civil Works Authority made plans to move the monument from Capital Square to Nash Square in 1934 as part of renovations to Capital Square, but the Board of Public Buildings and Grounds decided on February 5th to prevent the CWA from moving the monument. The move was prevented because of public outcry in regards to moving such a historically significant monument from a highly visible location.
Subject notes: The initial model for the statues was to be the Confederate hero Henry L. Wyatt, but the sculptor Von Miller used W. R. Dicks (who was a living Confederate veteran) as inspiration for the statues.
Controversies: When the monument was first proposed, Populist and Republican legislators objected to any public funding of the monument on the grounds that public education, rather than sectional pride, was a pressing need. In addition, monument opponents protested against the special tax fund that would be used to subsidize the monument's costs.
During the 2000s, some critics questioned whether it was appropriate to continue to commemorate, on capitol grounds, white soldiers who fought to establish a slaveholders' republic.


Location: This monument faces Hillsborough Street and is parallel to South Salisbury Street. It is surrounded by trees and a paved pathway. Directly behind the monument is the State Capitol building.
Landscape: The monument is located at the end of Hillsborough Street on the west side of the capitol grounds.
City: Raleigh
County: Wake
Subjects: Civil War


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I'm a Yankee and would have fought for the Union in the Civil War... but North Carolina is my adopted home and I love this great State.

That said, I strongly believe that removing this monument to the Confederate Soldiers of North Carolina who gave everything they had for their State would be the ultimate insult to their sacrifice.

This monument consecrates their valor, courage, and dedication to the state they fought and died to protect. The vast majority of those southern Patriots never owned a slave and did not go into battle to preserve the institution of slavery. Rather, they gave their lives for their State, their land, their homes, and their families.

Moving this monument dishonors and disrespects everything they fought for and says they shed their blood for nothing. It also is a slap in the face to their descendants... because it shouts loud that their ancestors (from not so long ago) were somehow despicable, contemptible, and shameful and do not deserve the honor of a place on the grounds of our Capitol.

I am from North Carolina. I have ancestors that fought for the Confederacy. There is even a small memorial to them in Northern Wake County.

Consider the fact that African American men and women that live in this county have an entirely different experience than you and I. They deal with racism and prejudice on a level that we do not. Consider that a monument to celebrate the men that died fighting for a cause that includes the slavery of their ancestors might be deeply offensive because of their experience. Why should the government continue to keep and maintain such a symbol? It should be removed because we as a people should agree that the monument is hurtful and depending on your experience deeply offensive. As I white man I will never fully understand the nature of what they feel, but it is pretty clearly hurtful.

Move the monument. Preserve it for history. Teach about the war's significance and about what it meant to NC. It is a huge part of history in this state. It has an appropriate place, but the state capital is not that place.

History - it's just that "history". It's our heritage; it's what our forefathers lived through. Why would you want to erase history? Statues don't represent hate - people represent hate. Statues are only a representation, not a living, breathing human being. Only humans can demonstrate hate. Erasing history, destroying or removing statues or monuments only erases history for our children and our children's children. Erasing history is similar to when Hitler wanted certain books banned and burned. WHY? So we can be subversive or opposed to "history". What's to happen when a book is read, and it refers to a particular statue or monument? What happens when children want to take a trip to visit these statues or monuments mentioned in these books? Next thing you know, these books will then have to be destroyed because they refer to statues or monuments which you people have destroyed. When will the madness stop? Look up the definition of history and understand what it means. Let history remain history and not be washed away, eliminated so all we are left with is a blank empty slate. Enough is enough!

What most folks don't realize is that most Confederate statues, including this one, weren't built just after the war as a solemn reminder of heritage, they were built later just after Jim Crow was declared constitutional and the lynching era began. This statue being built in front of the state house was built for a very specific purpose, and that was to terrify black people. Full stop.

Agreed They should all be removed!

Removing monuments is a waste of money! It will not resolve anything. You cannot erase or change history. Its ignorant to think you can.Keep in mind that the men in the Civil War were conscripted to fight the war. These men are human and should not be forgotten!

I agree we should remember the fallen confederates, but in a different way. Building a seventy-foot tall statue in the state capitol that symbolizes a confederate soldier spreads HATE even if this statue was built to represent remembrance of the fallen confederates. In my opinion, this statue should be removed to release all the hate that blacks and immigrants hold inside of them.

While I agree with you in general, this monument was built in 1895. That was before the first peak of monument building circa 1910. That is also before Plessey vs. Ferguson (the most famous challenge to Jim Crow laws) was decided in 1896. Maybe the people of NC were trendsetters. I wish we could be trendsetters again and remove the monument, and get on with making a new history.

Our history is written in the United States that all men who served shall be honored even those who fought for a cause they were forced to act upon. We should remember every fallen U.S. Confederate who was forced by state leaders straight out of their homes. This is rememberance. This is not hate. You just hated a 13 year old child ripped from his home and died as a forced confederate. We should remember them. Shame on you!

The challenge with your argument is the confederate soldiers did not fight for the United State of America. They fought for the CSA, Confederate States of America. They fought for no other reason than to maintain the slave state. There is no honor in that, therefore should not be memorialized.

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