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Pitt County Courthouse, Greenville

Pitt County Confederate Soldiers Monument
Greenville
View complete article and references at Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina at: http://docsouth.unc.edu/commland/monument/382

Description: This monument presents a Common soldier statue situated atop a tall tapered column. The soldier stands with his arms crossed as they rest atop the muzzle of his rifle with the butt resting on the ground in front of him. He wears a Confederate uniform with a wide brimmed hat.


The column bears a bas-relief image of a Confederate flag unfurled around its pole. The plinth contains a medallion above the inscription, and the initials of the Confederate States of America are engraved on the cap above.


Vintage postcard image, circa 1915-1930


Inscription:
Front: OUR CONFEDERATE DEAD


Right: TO THE HEROES OF 1861-1865


Left: ERECTED BY THE PEOPLE OF PITT COUNTY IN GRATEFUL / REMEMBRANCE OF THE COURAGE & FORTITUDE OF HER CONFEDERATE / SOLDIERS


Rear: DEDICATED 1914


Dedication date: 11/13/1914
Creator: W. H. Mullins Company, Foundry

Materials & Techniques: Bronze, granite

Sponsor: A reference in the United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division, annual meeting minutes from 1910 indicates the George B. Singletary Chapter No. 313 at Greenville was organizing that year for laying of the cornerstone of the monument. The monument itself indicates sponsorship by the citizens of Pitt County.

Unveiling & Dedication: The monument was dedicated on November 13, 1914, and the address was given by Governor Locke Craig.

Subject notes: During the days of July 19 to 23, 1863, Greenville was raided as part of the Union effort under General Edward Potter to disable the rail routes in the eastern part of the state along with the cotton mills at Rocky Mount. Potter's advance through New Bern, Kinston, Greenville, Rocky Mount, and Tarboro has become known as Potter's Raid. Potter and his troops entered Greenville on Sunday the 19th without being met by Confederate troops. Locals reported widespread looting by the Union soldiers following the departure of the troops late in the afternoon.


Controversies: The Pitt County monument has been the subject of calls for removal since 2006. A group of citizens petitioned county commissioners requesting removal of the statue from its installation on public property.


Location: The monument sits on the right side of the courthouse grounds at the corner of West 3rd and South Evans Streets. It faces south.

Landscape: The monument sits in the lawn between a walkway connecting the south and east entrances to the courthouse and the sidewalk along West 3rd and South Evans Streets. Mature trees are located on the edge of the lawn area as they flank the monument.

City: Greenville

County: Pitt

Subjects: Civil War

Latitude: 
35.61337
Longitude: 
-77.37265
Subjects: 
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