Confederate Soldiers Monument, Asheville

The granite monument has an obelisk shaped column setting atop a three tiered base. The face of the smallest base upon which the obelisk rests has been polished on two sides but only one has an inscription. Near the bottom of the obelisk crossed flags are carved in relief. One is the Confederate battle flag and the other a stylized North Carolina state flag. The North Carolina flag has one star and the date May 20 which corresponds to the date of North Carolina’s secession in 1861. May 20 is also the date of the purported signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence in 1775 which may indicate an attempt to associate the Confederate cause with the efforts of the founding fathers. The face of the smallest base upon which the obelisk rests has been polished on two sides but only one has an inscription. Near the bottom of the obelisk crossed flags are carved in relief. One is the Confederate battle flag and the other a stylized North Carolina state flag. The North Carolina flag has one star and the date May 20 which corresponds to the date of North Carolina’s secession in 1861. May 20 is also the date of the purported signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence in 1775 which may indicate an attempt to associate the Confederate cause with the efforts of the founding fathers.

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Date of Installation:

June 3, 1903

Organization Responsible for Installation:

Daughters of the Confederacy

Memorial War Era(s):

Other

Location:

The monument is located at the Newton Academy Cemetery. The road to the cemetery begins at the intersection of Biltmore Ave. and Undilla Avenue in Asheville, NC.

 

Published on May 17, 2017