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Confederate Monument, Pittsboro NC
 
Confederate Monument
Pittsboro
View complete article and references at Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina at: https://docsouth.unc.edu/commland/monument/11
 
Description: A bronze statue of a Confederate soldier stands erect atop a marble pedestal. He is clad in a Confederate uniform, complete with hat, and holds his rifle in front of him, its butt rusting on the ground. The monument stands 27 feet tall.
 
Inscription:
Front: TO THE CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS OF CHATHAM COUNTY / OUR CONFEDERATE HEROES
Side: THIS MONUMENT IS THE GIFT OF THOSE WHO / RESERVE THE MEMORY OF THE CONFEDERATE / SOLDIER. ERECTED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE WINNIE / DAVIS CHAPTER OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE / CONFEDERACY. MRS. H.A. LONDON / PRESIDENT / AUG. 23 1907.
Rear: CHATHAM FURNISHED 1900 / SOLDIERS TO THE CONFEDERACY / ABOUT 14-50 ENLISTED IN THE FOLL- / OWING COMPANIES ORGANIZED IN THIS / COUNTY / CO. I-32 REGIMENT / E 26 / G 26 / D 35 / E 44 / G 48 / D 61 / E 63 / G 63 / H 70 D 49 / ABOUT 450 SONS OF THE CHATHAM ENLISTED IN COMPANIES / ORGANIZED IN OTHER COUNTIES.

 
Dedication date: 8/23/1907
 
Creator: C. J Harlin, Durham (N.C.) Marble Works, Supplier
 
Materials & Techniques: Mount Airy Granite
 
Sponsor: Winnie Davis Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy
 
Unveiling & Dedication: North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Walter Clark was the orator and was introduced by Mr. Henry London. The statue was presented by Mrs. H. A. London and received by Lieutenant O. A. Hanner. Colonel John R. Lane served as Chief Marshall for the occasion.
 
Post dedication use: Children make a game of tossing bottle caps from the balcony of the courthouse and seeing if they can get them to stay on the soldier's hat.
 
Controversies: Some people in Chatham want the monument removed from the courthouse, or destroyed. They contend it promotes racism and commemorates the slave-holding South. Others defend it as a reminder of historical events and of local heritage.
 
Location: The monument stands directly in front of the Chatham Country Courthouse steps.
 
City: Pittsboro
 
County: Chatham
 
Subjects: Civil War
 

Latitude: 
35.72051
Longitude: 
-79.17716
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Comments

I’ve lived in Chatham County all 41 years of my life and I have always been proud of where I am from and the people who live here. I lost that pride yesterday when they removed our statue. The statue belongs to everyone in Chatham County and served as an important historical landmark of honoring Veterans of that tragic war, while also an important teaching experience to learn from the mistakes of our past. It wasn’t about slavery, never was. The statue is about honoring Chathams Confederate Veterans. That’s all, nothing else. Those who wanted it removed took something beautiful and they turned it ugly. I’m ashamed of Pittsboro’s board of Commisioners. You can’t erase history, only learn from it. What lessons is this teaching our children?

The statue was removed during the early morning hours of November 11, 2019. By order of elected County Commissioners. It is being stored in an undisclosed location until decisions about it's future are decided.

Dear Sir,
This removal of Confederate monuments and also others, such as Columbus, St. Father Serra and others has me to recall the Communism 45 Goals to Destroy the U.S. ; Number 22- "Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all form of artistic expression... eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings. Substitute with meaningless, shapeless and awkward forms". Number 23- "Control art critics and museum directors. Promote ugly and meaning less art". Number 30-" Discredit the founding fathers...
I find it hypocrisy that those offended by slavery of the past do not take any personal action of the on going slavery here, other countries and ideologies of the present, but with different names, such as human trafficking and so on.

Sirs--Your info has an error. It says the dedication of the statue was 2007. That is 1907. Also--does the statue have a name? Most statue do.

Thank you for letting us know about the error, I will let those in charge know. As far as the name, it is the Confederate Monument. If yhou follow the link towards the top to UNC website, it says "Monument Name: Confederate Monument, Pittsboro". Hope that helps. 

Erin Bradford, Government and Heritage Library. 

I lived in Chatham Co. some thirty years ago. I moved there from WV. We did not have monuments to remind us of our historical past. I think the monuments in the south are great. and it should encourage people to study history. And let us know who we were. and we can better know who we have become. I love my brothers. In the south Black And White Red And Brown.

I agree with you. I also don't find it productive to spend our time, energy, and money on defending a history that people are trying to erase. You cannot erase history all you can do is lie about it later.
Time, energy, and money should be about building a nation to be proud of, one that actually helps everyone not just the poor, not just the rich, not just the middle class (what's left of it) everyone that is a part of this nation. (Without going socialistic, the history of socialism is slavery in itself) Stop complaining, we are all to blame for the defects of this nation, and just make a positive difference. Stop allowing the media to destroy your outlook on your leaders and followers with all theirs lies and influencers (that are paid to lie to you) trust me in the end, they all have the same agenda. Side note: Everyone in our past has experienced slavery one way or another. It doesn't make it right, but for some (even today) it is a way of life, a job. The butler, the maid that cleans your house, the babysitter/caregiver, the cook, the driver, the accountant, the nurse, the doctor, the politician, the mom, the dad, the teacher, the counselor, the secretary, the administrative assistant, the general laborer, the groundskeeper, the janitor, the person in financial debt, all these and more fall under the same principle for a slave, for some the only difference is they get wages. Well, so did the historic ones just not in wages. Perhaps, room and board, food, or and exchange of some other thing. The name SLAVE has changed to these names to be politically correct. Bottom line, things of the past are the past, some good, some not so good, as of the things of our days. Don't erase it, learn from it. We are ALL here to serve one another.

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