The celebrated unveiling
of a Confederate Monument,
erected by the local chapter U.D.C., in the Vaiden Court Square, to the memory
of heroic effort of Confederate Soldiers -- living and dead -- was performed
Friday, May 12, 1912. Another date given for its
unveiling is June 3,
1912, as listed
and illustrated on page 124
of Confederate Monuments: Enduring Symbols of the South and the War Between
the States, by Ralph W. Widener, Jr., Ph.D., and is published by Andromeda
Associates, Washington, D.C.The correct
date on the monument is June 3, 1912.
Published at Vaiden, dated June 13, 1912,
Relates Interesting Story
[as related by the Vaiden Heritage]
The unveiling of the handsome three thousand dollar
monument, erected by the local chapter U.D.C., in the Court Square, to the
memory of heroic effort of Confederate soldiers – living and dead – was
fittingly performed Friday,
May 12, 1912.
All arrangements had been made, considerable trouble
and expense encountered, when on the evening before a rain and thunder storm
caused the various committees to entertain grave fears for successful
termination, but during the night a gentle breeze sprung up from the north
which drove the obscuring clouds away, cooled the atmosphere and heralded a
most perfect day.
The program started with music by the Durant Coronet
Band, followed by the patriotic “Dixie” by
large numbers of school children and prayer by Rev. T.L. Haman.The welcome address was happily delivered by
Mr. C.L. Armstrong who declared: “I was the youngest soldier in the army.”When in reality he is old, and instead of
being in the Confederate army, was at home nursing a sugar-bag.
Senator H.D. Money was assigned a place on the
program and was expected to deliver an address, but to the disappointment of
all present his health would not permit the undertaking.The vacancy was filled by Col. W.A.
Montgomery of Jackson who “sniffed the smoke of battle” and acquitted himself
The song, “Our Boys in Gray” by Mesdames S.P.
Armstrong, Harris Stubblefield and R.S. Bailey; recitation “The Conquering
Banner” by Miss Addie B. Tillman, replied to by Miss Sarah Avery, with a second
response by Miss Zou Eddie Boyette, were all good, and deserving of the
numerous compliments which were audible throughout the court room.
Dr. B.F. Ward was not
expected to speak until in the afternoon but as the morning program had been
completed, not yet dinner time, and eager to hear him, the committee let him
deliver his address on the installment plan.Accordingly, the venerable Doctor was introduced, launched out on the
subject of “History” and if there was anyone present who ever doubted Dr.
Ward’s ability as a scholar and historian, such ideas were certainly
Mrs. S.E. McConnico, President of the local chapter
U.D.C. read a paper in acceptance of the monument on the part of the Chapter,
being followed by an acceptance address on behalf of the county supervisors, by
Mr. T.H. Armstrong, Sr.Mr. Armstrong
also related several war incidents and was the recipient of much commendation.
Masters Rodney Armstrong and Rhesa
Hawkins did the unveiling.“Lest We
Forget,” by 13
young ladies, representing each of the states that seceded, and patriotic “Dixie” by the band concluded the program.
A most sumptuous dinner was served on the grounds,
and to say that the unveiling ceremonies were successful from start to finish
is putting it mildly.
NOTE: McNeel Marble Company of
Marietta, GA made the Confederate Statue that still stands at Vaiden, as of
Fighting for the property We gained by honest toil;
And when our rights were threatened, The cry rose
far and near –
“Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag That bears the
Hurrah! Hurrah! For the Southern rights hurrah –
Hurrah for the Bonnie Flag That bears the single
As long as the Union
Was faithful to her trust
Like friends and like brothers Both kind we were and
But Low, when Northern treachery Attempts our rights
We hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears the
star. – Chorus
First gallant, South Carolina made the stand,
Then came Alabama,
Who took her by the hand;
Next quickly Mississippi,
All raised on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears
the single star – Chorus
[Ed. Note:Actually the order of secession in the
previous stanza is incorrect. As listed on http://www.dixienet.org/csa-docs/ordinanc.html,the correct order is as follows: South
Carolina – 12/20/1860; Mississippi – 01/09/1861;
Florida – 01/10/1861; Alabama – 01/11/1861; Georgia – 01/19/1861;
Louisiana – 01/26/1861; Texas – 02/01/1861 (ratified 02/23/1861);Virginia – 04/17/1861 (ratified 05/23/1861);Arkansas – 05/06/1861; North Carolina – 05/20/1861;
Tennessee – referendum 05/06/1861 (ratified 06/08/1861); Missouri – 10/31/1861;
and Kentucky – 11/20/1861.]
here’s to Old Virginia – The Old Dominion State –
the young Confederacy At length has linked her fate,
by her example, Now other states prepare
hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears the single star – Chorus
here’s to our Confederacy Strong and we are brave,
patriots of old we fight Our heritage to save.
rather than submit to shame To die we would prefer;
cheer the Bonnie Blue Flag That bears the single star. – Chorus
cheer, boys, cheer: Raise the joyous shout,
North Carolina Now have both gone out;
let another rousing cheer For Tennessee be given,
single star of the Bonnie Flag has grown to be eleven. – Chorus