Catawba County Confederate Soldiers Monument
Description: The monument depicts a Confederate soldier at parade rest. The statue rests atop a two-part tapered column. The column beneath the soldier depicts a bas-relief of an unfurled Confederate flag which rests atop a bas-relief of two crossed rifles. Beneath the column, a smaller plinth is engraved on four sides. This entire column structure rests atop a three tier base.
Front, top of column: CSA
Front, face: TO THE CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS / OF / CATAWBA COUNTY / 1861 - 65
Front, base: CONFEDERATE HEROES
Right, face: NO BRAVER BLOOD / FOR BRIGHTER LAND, / NOR BRIGHTER LAND / HAD A CAUSE SO GRAND.
Left, face: FULL COMPANIES SENT OUT / CO. A. 12 REG. / CO. F. 23 REG. / CO. G. 28 REG. / CO. E. 32 REG. / CO. E. 57 REG. / CO. F. 32 REG. / CO. F. 38 REG. / CO. K. 46 REG. / CO. I. 49 REG. / CO. E. 72 REG. / AND MEMBERS OF OTHER / COMPANIES AND REGIMENTS
Rear, face: ERECTED BY THE PEOPLE / OF / CATAWBA COUNTY / AUG. 15, 1907
Dedication date: 8/15/1907
Materials & Techniques: Granite
Post dedication use: Commemoration services for Confederate soldiers have occurred since the original dedication. On Tuesday May 8, 2012, services were held in honor of Confederate Memorial Day. The Capt. Charles F. Connor Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 840 organized the service that was planned to include a wreath-laying ceremony and a speaker.
Controversies: In 2002, the Capt. Charles F. Conner Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 840 tried to raise support for the erection of a monument naming the 600 fallen Catawba County Confederate Soldiers. The monument was to sit beside the Confederate Soldiers Monument.
Location: The monument sits in front of the old 1924 Catawba Courthouse, now the site of the Catawba County Historical Society. It sits in the front of the lawn, near the street corner.
Landscape: The monument sits in a grassy area in front of the courthouse, with plantings and mature trees. A cannon sits on the left side between the monument and the sidewalk.
Subjects: Civil War