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North Carolina Civil War Monuments

An Illustrated History

by Douglas J. Butler
272 pp., 137 photos, ISBN: 978-0-7864-6856-0, Softcover. $39.95.
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Monuments of stone and statues of bronze have honored victorious armies and successful leaders through much of recorded history. Following the American Civil War this commemorative tradition expanded to include soldiers of the defeated Confederate States of America (CSA). By the early 20th century, cemetery memorials and courthouse soldier statues honoring the Southern dead and surviving veterans were regional icons, and men of the Confederate army ranked among history’s most commemorated troops. North Carolina Civil War Monuments: An Illustrated History is a carefully researched book with 137 photographs which details North Carolina’s commemorative response to a war in which more than 30,000 of its soldiers died in military service: 101 Confederate monuments – and eight Union memorials, including one honoring African American troops – were dedicated across NC between 1865 and the Civil War centennial in 1961.

The location, design, funding and dedication of these soldier statues reveal a society’s evolving grief and the forging of collective memory. Committee minutes of United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) chapters, financial accounts of Ladies’ Memorial Associations (LMA), legal documents, and contemporaneous accounts are quoted, highlighting the challenging and often contentious process through which these monuments were realized. Manufacturers’ catalogs and advertisements, as well as spirited editorial exchanges in newspapers and magazines, provide further insight into the sculptural, technological and cultural milieu in which these North Carolina monuments, memorials and commemorations were raised.

Photographs by the author, an award-winning photographer, illustrate each monument and provide an invaluable record of all 109 memorials early in the 21st century. Additional images showcase sculptural details, while paired appendices, Union and Confederate, summarize key data in an easy-to-use tabular reference.

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Confederate Monument
Fairview Cemetery
Warrenton, NC
Dedicated: August 27, 1903
Speaker: NC Supreme Court Justice W. A. Montgomery
Manufacturer: Cooper Brothers, Raleigh, NC

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Vance County Confederate Monument
Henderson, NC
Dedicated November 10, 1910
Sponsor: United Daughters of the Confederacy
Monument prose by Orren Randolph Smith, a prominent local citizen widely credited with designing the first Confederate national flag.
“Silent Sam”
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Dedicated June 2, 1913
Sponsored jointly by UNC alumni and the United Daughters of the Confederacy, this statue was designed by John Wilson and cast by the Gorham Co. of New York. Sam is considered “silent” because, although armed, he does not wear a cartridge box. Three hundred twenty one UNC students, alumni, and faculty died fighting for the Confederacy.
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About the Author

Dr. Douglas Butler is an independent scholar and practicing physician living in northwestern North Carolina. For twenty years this award-winning photographer explored remote areas across five continents, sharing these adventures through prose and image. During the past five years his travels have been closer to home as he studied the history of North Carolina’s Civil War monuments and photographed each of the state’s 109 commemorations raised in the century after Appomattox. North Carolina Civil War Monuments: An Illustrated History (McFarland, 2013), a carefully researched and fully documented book with photographs of each monument, is the result—as is a traveling photo exhibition. Butler’s work has been featured in regional and national publications, and he has written two previous books, Ashe County: Discovering the Lost Province (1992, out of print) and A Walk Atop America: Fifty State Summits and a Dream to Reach Them All (Parkway, 2007).

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Appearances and Events

Lecture and Booksigning:
North Carolina Civil War Monuments
NC UDC Sesquicentennial Lecture Series
Concord Public Library
27 Union St. North
Concord, NC 28025
704-920-2050
Saturday March 22, 2014; 1:00 p.m.

Lecture and Slide Presentation:
North Carolina Civil War Monuments
New Winston Museum
713 S. Marshall St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
336-724-2842
Tuesday April 8, 2014; 5:30 p.m.

Lecture and Booksigning:
After Appomattox: North Carolina Civil War Monuments
Museum of Yancey County History
West Main Street
Burnsville, NC 28714
828-678-9587
Saturday April 26, 2014; 10:30 a.m.

Speaker:
Memory: A Conversation Between Generations
100th Anniversary of Alamance County Confederate Monument
Graham, NC 27253
336-570-6730
Saturday May 10, 2014; 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Lecture and Booksigning:
Civil War Reenactment
Christmas in July Festival
148 Library Drive
West Jefferson, NC 28694
336-846-2041
Saturday July 5, 2014; booksigning 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Lecture 11:00 a.m.

Booksigning:
Local Author Showcase
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC 28115
704-664-2927
Saturday July 26, 2014; 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Lecture and Slide Presentation:
Easter Island: A Photographic Journey
Alleghany Public Library
122 N. Main St.
Sparta, NC 28675
336-372-5573
Thursday September 4, 2014; 7:00 p.m.

Lecture and Booksigning:
Watauga County Public Library
140 Queen St.
Boone, NC 28607
828-264-8784
Saturday September 6, 2014; 2:00 p.m.

Photo Exhibition and Lecture:
After Appomattox: North Carolina Civil War Monuments, 1865-1965
High Point Museum
1859 E. Lexington Ave
High Point, NC 27262
336-885-1859
September 17-December 13, 2014

Booksigning and Photography Sale:
Art on the Mountain
Ashe County Arts Council
303 School Ave.
West Jefferson, NC 28694
336-846-2787
Saturday September 27, 2014; 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Lecture and Booksigning:
After Appomattox: North Carolina Civil War Monuments
Rowan History Club
Rowan Museum
202 N. Main St.
Salisbury, NC 28144
704-856-8609
Tuesday October 14, 2014; 7:00 p.m.

Lecture and Booksigning:
After Appomattox: North Carolina Civil War Monuments
Rowan Museum
202 N. Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144
704-633-5946
Tuesday April 14, 2015; 7:00 p.m.

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