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Waymarking: Civil War Monuments

Confederate Soldier MarkerLast weekend, I was in Reidsville, where I did a little geocaching. Driving through downtown Reidsville, I noticed a Confederate Soldier Monument in circle in the middle of downtown. I knew that there was a waymarking category for American Civil War Monuments and Memorials, so I stopped to take a few pictures and record the coordinates of the statue. I was sure that this monument had already been reported on the waymarking site since there are a few people in the area who are very active in waymarking and have done a very good job of recording most of the historical monuments in the area. As it turns out, when I got back home to look it up, I noticed that no one had recorded this waymark yet, so I created an entry for it.

I didn't notice any markings on the monument indicating when it was installed or who installed it, so I've spent the past week doing Internet research and contacting the Rockingham County historical society looking for more information. My search has proved to be fruitless so far, but I went ahead and submitted the waymark for approval. The approver guessed that the date of the monument was between 1900 and 1925, based on the style, so I chose 1915 as a guess until someone can provide better information.

It was a nice visit, and I enjoyed reading the inscriptions on the monument. It was near sunset when I stumbled on the monument, so all of the pictures I took have that "end of the day" quality in their lighting. I like how they turned out, especially the one I used in the waymark page and the one that's included in this post. For the one included in this post, I even got to spend some time with Photoshop Elements to remove the power line out of the background of the picture (before and after), which I think turned out pretty well.

I'm continuing to have a good time learning more about the US Civil War, both through "book learning" and through visiting historic sites and monuments related to the war.

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christtrekker
Jul. 28th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
At least you're in a decent location for that kind of learning. Back home, all we had were markers to the Indian uprisings that occurred while all the men were gone to war.
emike2k3
Jul. 28th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
A good source for dating Civil War monuments and finding our more information would be to check with the Daughters of the Confederacy. They are responsible for almost 90% of all Civil War monuments in the south.

Another good source is also the North Carolina Museum of History here in Raleigh.
drmellow
Jul. 28th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, one of my friends suggested checking with the Sons of Confederate Veterans. I'm gonig to examine the monument itself more closely next time I'm in Reidsville. If I still can't figure it out from that, I'm going to check with the other historical organizations.
virtual_spouse
Jul. 29th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
Ah yes the weekend turnaround :) We use to cruise from the McDonalds to the monument (it is the perfect turnaround and back again. There isn't much to do in that town :) Virtual laughed at me the first time I took him around it. It was about then he realized just how "country bumpkin" a town I grew up in. Now it is just the halfway point from my sisters bar to my dad's house. But we still remember it fondly. The Reidsville police had nothing better to do than chase all the high school kids out cruising.
drmellow
Jul. 29th, 2006 11:02 am (UTC)
At least that's a cool place to do a turnaround! I grew up in subarbia, but whenever I visited my cousins, they'd take me cruising. Their turnaround wasn't as cool. ;-)
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