Yesterday: Confederate Monument

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 1, 2013

Local Photographer Wayne Wrights provided this early postcard of Salisbury’s Confederate Monument, which stands in the median at West Innes and Church streets.
Wrights found the postcard among those collected by his mother and father. Judging from the cars parked on West Innes Street near the statue, the postcard probably was printed in the late 1920s or early 1930s.
The Confederate Monument was dedicated May 10, 1909, and the dedication service included 162 Confederate veterans and Mrs. Stonewall Jackson.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy erected the bronze grouping to honor the Confederate soldiers from Rowan County.
The Frederick W. Ruckstuhl sculpture, made in Brussels and shown in Paris before arriving in the States, originally cost $10,000. Its restoration in 1990 cost $14,000.
The soldier depicted in the grouping with Fame is based on a real person, Henry Howard Cooke of Tennessee, who later became a judge.