Confederate Monument, State Capitol, Raleigh

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Confederate Monument, Raleigh NC
 
Confederate Monument
State Capitol, Raleigh
View complete article and references at Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina at: http://docsouth.unc.edu/commland/monument/106
 
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

 
Inscription:
Front, on shaft: TO OUR / CONFEDERATE / DEAD
Rear, on base: FIRST AT / BETHEL / LAST AT / APPOMATTOX / 1861. 1865.
Plaques on naval cannons: 32 Pounder Naval Cannon / TAKEN IN JUNE 1861 WHEN THE NAVY YARD AT / NORFOLK WAS ABANDONED BY THE UNITED STATES / BANDED AND CONVERTED / AT RICHMOND INTO A 6 INCH RIFLE / MOUNTED AT FORT CASWELL, NORTH CAROLINA / DISMOUNTED BY EXPLODING MAGAZINES / WHEN THE CONFEDERATES EVACUATED THAT FORT / IN JANUARY 1865 / PRESENTED BY US WAR DEPARTMENT / 1902

 
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
 

 

Latitude: 
35.78043
Longitude: 
-78.64005
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Comments

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.
http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/08/the-real-story-of-all-thos...

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.

Isn't it time to add a lot more context to this monument. The sacrifice and suffering of enslaved workers deserves equal or greater attention dedicated on the grounds of the State Capitol. As stands, it is an extremely one sided monument. And it is the wrong side.

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