North Carolina Civil War Monuments Survey

All across the country, organizations are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with symposiums, exhibits and other events. The North Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee is coordinating Civil War related activities for the Department of Cultural Resources and one of their first projects is now online. Compiled by one of my co-workers, Tom Vincent, the North Carolina Civil War Monuments Survey provides a database that can be searched by city or county, among other options. To quote the website:

This current survey builds on the previous ones, and in time will be the most comprehensive listing of Civil War monuments in North Carolina. What this survey is attempting to catalog: monuments and memorials honoring individuals, military units, or groups of individuals’ contributions to the Civil War. This includes the ubiquitous “standing soldier” monuments found on many courthouse lawns, regimental monuments on battlefield sites and cemeteries, and monuments to civilian efforts such as the monument to the North Carolina Confederate women on the Capitol grounds in Raleigh.

What this survey is not cataloging: gravesites, Civil War Trails markers, or historical markers erected by the North Carolina Historical Commission or the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, or monuments to individuals where the monument’s primary focus is not the person’s Civil War service. Under these criteria, the General Johnston monument near Bentonville is included, the monument to Governor Zebulon Vance on the Capitol grounds in Raleigh is not included.

This survey is a work in progress, and contributions from members of the public are most welcome. If there is a monument not on this survey, we need the exact location, the date when it was dedicated (if known), and a photograph. If you have any information to add to this survey, please contact Tom Vincent at tom.vincent@ncdcr.gov. If you submit a photograph, please indicate how you would like to be credited. Any photographs or information submitted for this survey will become a public record as specified in G.S. 132-1.

Please see the Civil War Monuments Survey website for further information.

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