Franklin, NC Confederate Statue © All Rights Reserved

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Sons of Macon County Confederate Army Memorial

Installed 1909. Figure and column: North Carolina marble; Base: North Carolina marble.
Figure and column: approx. 20 ft. x 40 in. x 40 in.; Base: approx. 2 ft. x 50 in. x 50 in.

(Front of column:) ERECTED 1909/CO. H./16TH REGIMENT, N.C.T./INFANTRY (Left side of column:) CO. B./39TH REGIMENT, N.C.T./INFANTRY (Rear of column:) CO. D./62ND REGIMENT, N.C.T/INFANTRY (Right side of column:) CO. I./39TH REGIMENT, N.C.T./INFANTRY (Front of base:) IN MEMORY OF/THE SONS OF MACON COUNTY/WHO SERVED IN THE/CONFEDERATE ARMY/DURING THE/WAR PERIOD/1861-1865 (Left side of base:) CO. C./65TH REGIMENT, N.C.T./6TH CAVALRY (Rear of base:) CO. K./9TH REGIMENT, N.C.T./1ST CAVALRY (Right side of base:) CO. E./65TH REGIMENT, N.C.T./6TH CAVALRY unsigned Description:
Standing full-length figure of a uniformed Confederate soldier. He is holding the barrel of a musket with both hands, in front of him, with the butt of the musket on the plinth. The soldier stands on a tall column which sits upon a tiered base. On top of each corner of the base is a 9 inch sphere. Base of monument is fenced. Subject:
History -- United States -- Civil War Occupation -- Military -- Soldier Dress -- Uniform -- Military Uniform Object -- Weapon -- Gun Figure male -- Full length Object Type:
Outdoor Sculpture -- North Carolina -- Franklin Sculpture Owner:
Administered by Franklin Garden Club, Franklin, North Carolina Located Rankin Square, US 64 Business & Iotla Street, across from Macon County Courthoue, Franklin, North Carolina Remarks:
Information on the monument is on file with the Macon County Historical Society, Franklin (NC). Condition:
Surveyed 1994 April. Treatment needed. References:
Save Outdoor Sculpture, North Carolina survey, 1994. Illustration:
Image on file. Note:
The information provided about this artwork was compiled as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture database, designed to provide descriptive and location information on artworks by American artists in public and private collections worldwide. Repository:
Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture, Smithsonian American Art Museum, P.O. Box 37012, MRC 970, Washington, D.C. 20013-7012 Control Number:
IAS NC000051!siartinventories&uri=full=3100001~!319643~!0#focus

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Comments (11)

Itallica on October 7, 2010

Is that a hockey stick he is holding?

((Ospr3y)) on October 8, 2010



Jean Gregory Evans on October 8, 2010

Tery, I know you jest! THAT is a Civil War Rifle and if it were real, not part of a statue, it would be worth $30,000 to $40,000.

((Ospr3y)), thank you. Don't you think that this statue bears and uncanny resemblance to Itallica?

Itallica on October 8, 2010

Yes I jest :))

But look how the end of the rifle lines up with his inner collar.

Jean Gregory Evans on October 8, 2010

Ah! I just looked at a photo of a hockey stick and Wow, it DOES look like one. Amazing! ... NO, wait, I did that on purpose. Took loads of time lining up that shot!

peargrin on October 11, 2010

"The South will rise again"? Interesting piece of history! Cheers, pear

Jean Gregory Evans on March 24, 2014

peargrin, :)

Igor, This statue was erected in January 1, 1909 ... I have added a description under the photo.

Igor Volkhov 2 on March 24, 2014

Thank you, Jean. At First i was innatentive, then I deleted my stupid question. :-)

Jean Gregory Evans on March 24, 2014

No, Igor, it was a delightful comment and question! Because of your question, I noticed that I needed to add some information to this photo. The statue sits at the center of my little town. When the Civil War ended, the most inaccessible portion of the Confederacy was western North Carolina. My town, Franklin, was the place where the last surrender took place. ... The movie "Thirteen Moons" was written by a man who grew up in my town and it is about the Civil War in this area.

Jean Gregory Evans on March 24, 2014


The last formal surrender of Confederate forces east of the Mississippi River took place in Franklin on May 12, 1865. According to W.W. Stringfield, Lt. Col. in the 69th Regiment CSA, this region was the “most inaccessible portion of the Confederacy.” The nearest railroad was located 6 miles east of Morganton. There was no telegraph system in the entire area and the mountains formed natural barriers to transportation.

The Confederate troops located in these hills were the last to hear of Lee’s surrender, which took place on April 9, 1865, or of the surrender of North Carolina forces under Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, at Durham Station, April 26.

The federal troops had begun a mopping up action in Western North Carolina which led to a skirmish in Waynesville between the Confederate soldiers of the Thomas Legion and a portion of Bartlett’s Regiment.

Union officer Col. George W. Kirk proceeded west to Franklin where he “last body of organized army troops remaining east of the Mississippi, of all those whom the Confederacy sent to battle” were known to be located. These men, a remnant of Gen. J.G. Martin’s forces were under the command of Major Stephen Whitaker.

Whitaker heard of the surrenders of Lee and Johnston and went to Franklin to surrender himself and his men. Kirk accepted their surrender and furloughed the men home. Some believe it was Kirk’s original intention to burn Franklin but the town was spared because the war ended before he could carry out his intent.

As a footnote, Kirk had taken over Dixie Hall, the home of Julius Thomas Siler, a Captain of the Confederate Army. Union soldiers stole what they could carry from the home and young Alice Siler secretly went onto the upstairs porch and spat on Kirk’s Union flag.


Thomas’ Legion of Cherokee Indians and Highlanders, also called the 69th North Carolina Regiment, was organized by Col. William H. Thomas September 27, 1862. The people of this mountainous area were sometimes referred to as “highlanders” and as such, the local citizenry began to refer to Thomas’ unit as the “Highland Rangers”.

The Legion eventually recruited more than 2,000 officers and men including 400 Cherokee. The unit skirmished extensively in areas of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia and is credited with having prevented the Union forces from subjugating Western North Carolina. A portion of this legion was involved in the final skirmish of the war in Waynesville, NC.

Holland (February 5, 1805 to May 10, 1893) was the first and only white man to serve as Cherokee Chief and was instrumental in obtaining the land on which the Qualla Boundary, located north of Franklin, was established. He was the subject of a 2006 novel “Thirteen Moons”, by former Franklin resident Charles Frazier.

Several Macon County men, both white and Indian, joined Thomas’ unit. Among the Cherokee who fought for the Legion were several from Sandtown, a village just west of Franklin in the Cartoogechaye area. The Chief of Sandtown was Chuttahsotee or Jim Woodpecker. Thomas himself bestowed a Gillespie Long Rifle on his friend Chuttahsotee. This rifle is now on exhibit at the Macon County Historical Museum.

Thomas was an influential and powerful figure in Western North Carolina before the Civil War. As State Senator in 1848 he was instrumental in establishing the Great Western Turnpike which went from Asheville through Franklin to Murphy. This road was essential to the development of the region.

After the war, Thomas received a pardon from President Andrew Johnson in 1866 but illness prevented him resuming his political career. quoted from Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce

Igor Volkhov 2 on March 25, 2014

Thank you for the detaild and interesting history.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 7, 2010
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    by Jean Gregory Evans
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
    • Taken on 2010/10/06 18:38:03
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 100.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.700
    • ISO Speed: ISO160
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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