Friday, January 13, 2012

Confederate Monuments in Charlotte


For a long time, I've been collecting information on North Carolina's Confederate and Union monuments and markers. Just when I think I've collected something (photos, newspaper articles, etc) on each one of them, I find a new one - yes, a new monument.  Or, at least a reference to a new monument.
For the past couple of days, I've been working on the monuments erected by the UDC in Charlotte, starting in 1910 with the marker for the Confederate Navy Yard.  To date, there were 10 monuments in the greater Charlotte area, probably more than any other municipality in the state. Of course, not all of these were erected by the UDC. Here is the list that I'm working on.
1887 - Monument, Elmwood Cemetery.
1910 - Iron Marker, Confederate Navy Yard, currently in storage?
1915 - Bronze Marker, Last Cabinet Meeting.
1927 - Bronze marker on boulder, marking North Carolina Military Institute, also called the D. H. Hill School marker. Current location unknown.
1938 - Stone archway to Mrs. Stonewall Jackson. Torn down by the 1960s. Bronze plaque in the general area.
1930s - US Mint Marker (date and current location, unknown)
Davis/Lincoln Assassination  (date unknown, but still in sidewalk)
Temporary residence of Atty. Gen. Davis (date and current location unknown)
Judah Benjamin. (date unknown, granite slab supposedly at 200 block, South Tryon. Unconfirmed).
1997 - City Hall.


Some folks might say "well, you should know all about this." And yes, I probably should. But I don't. Any information you might have would be great. I guess the next time I am in town, I'll need to get out and wander the streets of Charlotte. Maybe a friend or two will join me as we explore these mysteries.

5 comments:

R.O. Bemis said...

"1927 - Bronze marker on boulder, marking North Carolina Military Institute, also called the D. H. Hill School marker. Current location unknown."

It's directly in front of the main entrance of the Dowd YMCA.

R.O. Bemis

R.O. Bemis said...

"1927 - Bronze marker on boulder, marking North Carolina Military Institute, also called the D. H. Hill School marker. Current location unknown."

It's directly in front of the main entrance of the Dowd YMCA on the lot where the school stood.

-R.O. Bemis

Lew Powell said...

Michael, we enjoyed your information-sharing at the Charlotte History Roundtable and look forward to your book...
In 1983 the George Davis marker (granite or marble, I can't recall) was still in the sidewalk at the corner of Trade and Caldwell. Lots of development there since, so I can't imagine it surviving.... And when Charlotte puts something old "in storage," it is more likely to vanish than to ever be seen again.... Lew Powell

Lew Powell said...

Michael, we enjoyed your information-sharing at the Charlotte History Roundtable and look forward to your book...
In 1983 the George Davis marker (granite or marble, I can't recall) was still in the sidewalk at the corner of Trade and Caldwell. Lots of development there since, so I can't imagine it surviving.... And when Charlotte puts something old "in storage," it is more likely to vanish than to ever be seen again.... Lew Powell

Jimmy Rhyne said...

Michael,the George Davis marker is still in the sidewalk at Trade and Caldwell. Also, the marker for the Confederate Navy Yard was turned over to the Museum of the New South when the old City Convention Center was torn down. Maybe we can seek to have this transferred to Historic Latta Plantation or the NC Museum of History to ensure that it is placed with other relics from the period and not forgotten in some storage room.