Photographer of Civil War monuments to speak in Concord March 22

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 15, 2014

CONCORD — The first 2014 lecture of the N.C. Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy Sesquicentennial Lecture Series will be held March 22, a Saturday.
The lecture will begin at 1 p.m. in the Concord Public Library auditorium, 27 Union St. N. The Coltrane-Harris UDC Chapter of Concord will be assisting the division with this free public lecture. Featured speaker will be Dr. Douglas J. Butler.
Butler is a physician in northwestern North Carolina and an award-winning photographer. He will be presenting a slide program of images from his newest book, “North Carolina Civil War Monuments, an Illustrated History.”
His research is divided into three periods: the Early Commemoration 1865-1895 (includes monuments in Charlotte and Concord), the Evolving Commemoration 1896-1918 (includes monuments in Cornelius, Monroe, Salisbury, Statesville, and Winston-Salem) and the Expanding Commemoration 1919-1961 (includes monuments in Albemarle and Mooresville).
After his talk, Butler will be available to sign copies of his 259-page book with short histories and black and white images of 109 monuments, mostly Confederate, in North Carolina.
The N.C. Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy Sesquicentennial Committee has sponsored lectures throughout North Carolina’s eight UDC Districts since May 2011.
Lectures have been presented in Salisbury, Greensboro, Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Carolina Beach, Statesville, Wentworth, Rocky Mount, Fayetteville, Franklin, Pinehurst, Butner and Hickory. Speakers have included history professors, authors, historians and an archaeologist who have focused on the Civil War in specific locations or periods, diseases, shortages, religion, politics, important people, invasion and archaeological research.
For information about future lectures visit the division’s website at Or contact Sesquicentennial Committee Chairman Sue Curtis at 704-637-6411, or