Capt. C.F. Connor, Camp #849
Blue Ridge Brigade, NC Division
Hickory, North Carolina
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Before the 21st century, the C.F. Connor Camp 849, chose to memorialize the men who died during the War Between the States. The goal was a simple rememberance of lasting permanence to the "Fallen 60." Of the 2,072 known men who went off to war from Catawba county, one out of every three never returned home.
Catawba County's first Old Soldiers Reunion began seven years before the founding of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. It was originally conceived by Catawbans to memorialize those who had passed on and to honor to the living veterans.
We have gladly taken the torch they pased to us. We feel it our duty to remember, by name, those who gave their lives in battle and from the result of its tragic consequences. This has been our noble goal since the founding of the SCV.
Back in the 20th century, we appealed to our legislators, community and camp members to help us erect a memorial. We asked them to help us remember their Catawba County ancestors who died for a cause in which they believed. We have been actively promoting this memorial ever since.
In many Southern cities and towns, the statue of a Confederate soldier, facing North, strikes an imposing bearing above the court house grounds. Many decades ago, the citizens of Catawba County dedicated this memorial to the brave Catawbans who went off to war. Engraved on one side of the statue appears a list of companies raised in Catawba County. While we have memorialized our fallen military from some past wars, we failed to remember those who spilled their blood in the War Between the States.
The Capt. CF Connor Camp 849 has chosen to assume that responsibility, according to the charge made to the Sons of Confederate Veterans nearly one -hundred years ago.
Our first task was to state our case to the Catawba County Commissioners and the Catawba County Historical Association. This also gave us the opportunity to acquaint fellow Catawba County residents with the history of that turbulent time. We felt a need to explain our cause to those who might falsely equate our project with racism or white supremacy. The SCV exists solely to guard the memory of those who served honorably for the Confederacy in the War Between the States. We seek to educate those who have a false impression of the men who fought so valiantly for their country.
Our first proposal was a memorial between the present Confederate statue and the cannon:
During the past six years, we have worked to authenticate the names of each of the "Fallen Six-Hundred" soldiers who appear on the Catawba County War Between the States memorial plaque. On the south-west corner (West A Street and North College Avenue) of Court House square is the existing Catawba War Memorial. It bears the names of those who died in both World Wars I and II and in Korea and Vietnam.
A plaque with the names of the "Fallen 600" now appears on the War Memorial (on the side closest to the North) . Along with War Between the States heors are those from the Mexican War (1846-1848), the Spanish-American War (1898) and the current Middle East conflicts (1983-present].
In addition, Catawba County Parks & Recreation/Public Works has landscaped the site and has made it appear that the memorial has always been there. Folks walking from Main Avenue to A Street will probably pass behind the War Memorial. Perhaps they will sit on the granite bench and contemplate the names of their ancestors, and those of their friends and neighbors. Hopefully some will recognize the names of their brave ancestors and will come to appreciate their ultimate sacrifice.
The Camp has raised the necessary money required to cast the plaque. No public expenditure of funds was necessary to pay for this gift to the citizens of Catawba County.
Our efforts have been supplemented by many civic minded citizens, including historians, genealogists, bankers, lawyers, and county government representatives. Our funds came from gifts and donations, sales of books and merchandise, raffles and grants. We are very grateful to those who have made this goal a reality. The honor goes to those who spilled their blood. The credit for this tangible remembrance goes who provided the support, both moral and financial. We can't begin to name them all. They are dear friends and I hope they will appreciate our stewardship of their gifts.
The names of those who will appear on the plaque are listed our WEB PAGE. In addition, there are photos of the Old Soldiers Reunion, monthly Confederate History events and links to the national SCV site which defines our charter on our home page.
It is anticipated that this memorial will be dedicated at the next Old Soldiers Reunion. Catawba County's oldest continuously observed festival celebrates the memory of our Confederate veterans. Each August, during the third week, celebrations, dances, displays and a parade recall the gathering of the veterans who assembled ever since 1889. We follow in their footsteps to remember those brave deeds and cherish the companionship of years before.
We are no longer
THE MEMORIAL IS FINALLY A REALITY - AUGUST 8, 2005
In probably the most appropriate location, the Confederate soldiers, and other veterans of Catawba County, will be henceforth memorialized on the Catawba County War Memorial, on the south-west corner of courthouse square.
Julian Campbell, of Statesville Mausoleum and Manument, lifts the plaque into mounting position.
Preliminary set-up work was done to ensure the plaque and holes all lined up. We are grateful to Julian Campbell and Statesville Mausoleium and Monument Company for their craftsmanship, attention to detail and their dedication.
After a five-year period of planning, fund-raising and politicking, the memorial appears ready for dedication.
Here is one proud Commander, Ken Johnson, spear-head of the Project.After many years of seeking to memorialize the Catawba County soldiers who died for their country, his dream, and theirs, will soon become a reality.
The C.F. Connor, Camp 849, Sons of Confederate Veterans, has raised nearly ten-thousand dollars for the purpose of erecting a memorial to our brave ancestors who gave their lives during that terrible period of 1861-1865.
The memorial funds came as nickles and dimes. They were from the sale of Vidalia onions and CSA memorabilia, books and bumper stickers, cards and tracts, donations and gifts.
It has taken a long time and the struggle has been tough.
We have always tried to present our cause as the simple recognition of the 1,800 Catawbans who went off to war. From a population of 6,000 nearly a third went off to war.A full third of the the enlistees died and never came home.
The Fallen 600, who died as a result of the war have become our personal cause.
We have sought to tap the consciences of the living descendants of the brave men who fought for their country. Like those who fought the Revolutionary War, they risked their assets and property after the war. Sadly, many of them paid the ultimate price.
It is sad when folks, linked by ancestry to a rich historic past choose
to reject their past, for whatever political or societal consideration.
Heritage is something that we all have in common,
rich or poor, black or white.
This web site will try to illustrate any and every image submitted by our Catawba County soldiers. From the Mexican War to the War on Terror, I will try to keep events current depending on assistance.
I NEED YOUR HELP!
Please send any submissions you might have to me.
We hope the good folks of Catawba County will help us in recalling the
events, history, letters and recollections, relating to these delightful ancestors.
In cooperation with the American Legion Post 48, Hickory North
Carolina and Post 16, Newton, North Carolina, three additional plaques
have been dedicated to Catawba soldiers who died in :
the Mexican War (1846-1848)
the Spanish-American War (1898)
Wars Against Terrorism - Middle East Conflicts (1983 to present)
The Old Soldiers Reunion
Ever since 1889, Catawba County has come together to recognize the comrades who went off to war together. As young as 16 and as old as 63, Catawbans went off to the war.
We have finally honored the "Fallen 600," August 18th, 2005
at a dedication ceremony. This was a memorable moment for our county.
Below are images of the dedication ceremony held indoors,
in the courtroom of the 1924 courthouse and those who helped.
US Army NG Band
N-C HS Color Guard
Mayor Lloyd Mullinax
Ken Johnson, Cdr. SCV
Sylvia Ray, UDC
Robt. Eades Co. Atty.
THE SCV NOW AND
HELP PRESERVE YOUR HERITAGE
Capt. C.F. Connor Camp #849
NC Division, Blue Ridge Brigade
since 1 Sept. 2001.
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