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Confederate Monument, Raleigh NC
 
Confederate Monument
State Capitol, Raleigh [Removed]
View complete article and references at Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina at: https://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.
 
In June of 2020, in the wake of anti-racism civil protest in the Spring and early Summer, the statue of the memorial was toppled by civil protestors. The rest of the monument was disassembled by the State of North Carolina between June 20-28, 2020 and all of the pieces removed to offsite storage.  The news initially reported that the base of the monument contained a time capsule, however, this is incorrect. The monument did not contain a time capsule. The Governor of North Carolina also ordered the remaining Confederate monuments on the State Capitol grounds to be removed, including the Henry Lawson Wyatt monument and the monument to the Women of Confederacy which were removed to offsite storage.
 
Location: This monument faced 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

It’s gone now!

No it's not. The one at the top, 75ft up, is still there.

Gone now ;)

Greetings from June, 2020! I am future man! I have come to tell you all that institutional racism is real, and now everybody knows it!

Hey FutureMan,

Thankfully, this statue (the two confederate figures on it) has been taken down by protesters that believe honoring people who fought for their right to be slaveholders should not be deified by the state.

Happy Juneteenth everyone!

You could of told us sooner... Thanks

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.

The importance of understanding why this monument and others were built is centered around the TIME it was built. Proposed in 1892 and dedicated in 1895, this monument is steeped in the Jim Crow idea of subjugation of those who had been enslaved and also their descendants. It is a virtual monument to remind and intimidate people who did not understand their “place” in life and thus try to vote as the 15th amendment gave them the right to do. Of course, states’ rights proponents can argue that the war was not necessarily about slavery but a quick read of the Confederate Constitution says otherwise. Yes, there were many non-slaveholding youth and grown men who fought for what they considered their country. But that was not the main reason for the statues. It’s past time for native North Carolinians like me to face our history and ourselves. We must stand up and recognize the message these monuments ,built years after the war, are really saying. In 1895 the message was know your place and stay in it. It still says that to many who feel the pain of years of their ancestors’ grief.

I understand your points about the historical context of the time period when this monument was erected. But unlike those sponsored by the UDC , this monument is very simply a memorial to the dead. It does not contain the common UDC rhetoric about The Lost Cause and the Glory of the Confederacy.

Lost in all the statue discussion is the fact that most Southern families lost one or many relatives in the war. Regardless of the reasons for the war, the grief of losing husbands, sons, fathers, brothers, uncles, cousins was as real then as it would be now.

Why wouldn’t there be support for a memorial to the dead? Is there no way to separate the grief of war from the politics of war?

These men and the State of North Carolina fought to maintain the institution of slavery. 50 years after his murder, why isn't there a single statue of Martin Luther King anywhere in the Old South? Why hasn't any city or state erected a 15 foot statue of him on a 50 foot pedestal in the center of a city? Wasn't he a Christian? Didn't he advocate non-violence? Slavery was bad, but the Jim Crow Era was worst. Does the south acknowledge the 4,000+ lynching that occurred through the 1950's and 1960's? Does the state of North Carolina brag that no Federal Anti-Lynching law was NEVER passed by the federal government? Who blocked its passage? Keep your history, but give a BALANCE account of it, please.

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