Monument on Courthouse Grounds, Charlotte Court House, Charlotte County, VA.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, August 29, 1901 (as prepared by Mr. Leonard Cox, editor of the Gazette at that time)
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Photos By:  Bea Adams King

 UNVEILED!

Monument to Charlotte's Heroes!
THE SENTINEL ON GUARD!
Eloquent Speeches -- Booming Cannon -- Marching Soldiers Martial Music

"The ardent wishes of the members of  H.A. Carrington Camp No. 34, C.V., have been most happily fulfilled by the completion and unveiling of a monument sacred to the memory of the Confederate soldiers of the County of Charlotte.  The ceremonies on the occasion were held at Smithville, (now Charlotte Court House) on Tuesday, August 27th, 1901.  At an early hour the village was alive with all the preparation of a most interesting celebration.  The buildings were gaily decorated, and the streets began to be crowded with expectant spectators.  

At 10 o'clock a procession was formed under the direction of Adj. J.B. Faris, chief marshal, assisted by his aids, R.H. RobertsJ.C. ThompsonJ.C. CarringtonJ.C. WatkinsW.H. Crafton and W.E. Scott.  The line was composed of three divisions, as follows:

First Division
Col. T.W. Scott, commanding; Aids; David RiceW.D. BeasleyM.C. HoltCapt. J.E. Robertson.
Members of H.A. Carrington Camp with visiting Confederate veterans--J.P. Purcell, 1st. Lt., commanding; F.C. Thornton, acting adjutant.
Sons of Veterans, mounted D.C. Watkins, marshall; Aids--Fulton WhiteW.L. Marshall.
Daughters of the Confederacy, in carriages.

Second Division
J. Cullen Carrington, marshal; Aids--W.G. WilliamsW.C. CarringtonJ.C. PriddyM.W. Dickerson.
Randolph Lodge No. 28, K of P mounted with lances.
Detachment of Richmond Howitzers.
Smithville Volunteers

Third Division
Geo. B. Russell, marshal; Aids: C.A. OsborneJ.H. PriddyW.H. WebbD.W. BergerR.S. Spencer, Jr.J.H. NorvellJ.E. Crutcher.
Tournament knights in fancy costume.
Decorated Floats
The procession preceded by a Brass Band.

EXERCISES AT THE STAND

On the arrival at the site of the monument, in front of the Courthouse, the exercises were opened by selections of music by the band.  The Camp, the speakers and invited guests being seated on a platform in front of the Courthouse door, the assembly was called to order by Rev. J.W. Elder.  Wm. C. Carrington, Esq., then introduced Col. George C. Cabell, of  Danville, who was the lieutenant Colonel of the 18th Virginia Regiment, in a short but most graceful and patriotic address.

Col. Cabell, after expressing his pleasure at meeting on this occasion with his former comrades of the 18th, alluded to the inquiry of one of old, "If a man die shall he live again?"  said yes, in the hearts of those for whom he lived and died in the memory of heroic deeds, on the page of history.  The men whose memory we this day and by this monument perpetuate heard the call of duty, and went under brave leaders to do battle in a sacred cause.  There were ten or eleven companies from Charlotte, and brave (braver) men never stood in the field.  E.E. Bouldin, who made the last charge and captured two guns; Col. Spencer of the Rifles, with Lyle,SmithRoachChappell and many others with your noble Col. Henry A. Carrington, whose name your Camp bears, worthy sons of the land of Henry, living and dying for liberty and right.

Call these men traitors and rebels?  Then God bless a rebel.  I am proud to be counted with them.  I love my country with a devotion as strong as that of the man who sits in the White House.  The Colonel interspersed his speech with many spicy incidents of the war, and of the fun the boys had amid all their labors and perils.  He told of an incident of the old veteran, McNamara, well known here.  There was a gathering of Quakers in the vicinity where the regiment was at one time located, and one of the brethren was "moved in the spirit" to speak.  In the course of his remarks he said he "had married a wife."  Mac said "It'll be a long time before you see your old father-in-law."  The men of Charlotte were brave men," said the Colonel; "the only time I saw them running was when they were chasing the Yankees."

We have no space for even such notes as we were able to take.  His speech was replete with telling pints (points) and listed (listened) to with intense interest, and elicited frequent applause.  Is close was an earnest appeal to the Sons of Veterans to cherish the spirit of Liberty.  It was the lesson the monument would teach.  For himself he declared he was not a man of war; but he had been ready to do battle for what was right.  There was a bright lining to the dark cloud of war.  From it we may learn the value of true principles we must stand for the right.  This monument will teach the lesson of a true patriotism.  The fathers fought for the right; we must cherish their virtues, imitate their valor, and our liberty will be safe.

Hon. Richard Parks, of Page County, was the next speaker.  He said he was proud of the fact that he had been a member of the Stonewall Calvary.  He wished to say a few words as to the principle involved in the Civil War.  For what did the South contend?  It was for personal liberty--the rights guaranteed by the Constitution; for local self-government.

The South had been accused of being secessionists, of attempting to destroy the government.  He labored to show that this charge was to be laid at the door of the North.  The men of the North had been the first to urge secession, and the war was the result.  We need to understand more fully and clearly the principles involved, and the Monument here erected was one means by which this knowledge could be secured.

After the address of Capt. Parks the ceremony of unveiling the Monument was performed by a band of young ladies, consisting of Misses Louise CarringtonIsabel FarisRuth VestEmily WatkinsSusie GaltEdwina DanielEdmonia Lancaster and Mary Eggleston.

As the Monument was thus presented to the gaze of the assembled crowd, a detachment of the Richmond Howitzers and Smithville Volunteers gave a salute which to some ears must have brought a forcible reminder of more warlike times.  The music of the band concluded the formal ceremonies attending the unveiling, and a recess was taken for refreshments which had been provided by the ladies in the Courthouse.

A letter from Col. C.T. O'Ferrall, ex-governor of Virginia, was read expressing regrets that he was prevented from being present by reason of illness.

Maj.  Peter J. Otey, being a passenger on the Southern train that was wrecked near Sutherlin's on Monday night, received injuries that rendered it impossible for him to participate in the ceremonies.

An invitation had been sent to Gen. Eppa Hunton the commander of Hunton's Brigade to be present and speak on the occasion, but serious illness prevented his acceptance.  The following letter, received by Mr. J.C. Carrington, expressive of his regrets and his strong sympathy with former comrades in arms, was read:

WARRENTON, VA., Aug. 10, 1901
J.C. CARRINGTON, Esq.
My Dear Friend.-- Your highly esteemed favor of 30th ult. came by due course of mail, but found me still suffering with severe illness.  I am better now and able to sit up most of the day; but I am very far from well, and cannot accept your very kind invitation extended by the H.A. Carrington Camp of C.V. to address the dear old veterans on the 27th August, "on the occasion of the unveiling of the Confederate Monument."
I cannot find words to express the regret I feel in writing my declination of this invitation.  I recollect with so much pleasure my visits to Charlotte. The cordial greeting I received from everybody, and especially from the dear old Confederates who fought and bled with me for the sacred "Lost Cause" will comfort and cheer me as long as I live.  I would like to add my mite to the honor your county will bestow on her departed braves in the monument which has been erected to perpetuate their patriotic heroism.  I would like once more to shake the hands of the survivors, and talk over our victories and defeats, and to tell each other we never mean to go back on the dear old cause we loved so well.
I would like so much once more to meet you my friend, the noble son of the noble, patriotic and brave Col. H.A. Carrington, and to enjoy the hospitality of his home. All this is denied me and I must submit to the ordering of "a kind Father," who does all "things well."
I shall be with you in feeling on the 27th ult. and do hope the day will be a great success.
Please mention me most kindly to all the survivors of "Hunton's Brigade."  God bless and prosper the surviving Confederate soldiers.
Please make them all understand the cause of my absence, and how much I will regret it.
Please excuse this dinconnected (disconnected) letter, written under so many disadvantages, and always believe me,

Your sincere friend,
EPPA HUNTON

The following reply to an invitation sent to Col. R.E. Withers was also received by Mr. Carrington:

WYTHEVILLE, VA., August 17, 1901
Mr. J.C. CARRINGTON
Smithville Va.

Dear Sir.--The invitations you so kindly sent, inviting my attendance on the unveiling of the Monument erected to the Confederate soldiers of Charlotte County, was duly received and highly appreciated.  If it were in my power to unite with those present in doing honor to the men of Charlotte who so nobly did their duty to their county in those trying times, few things would give me more pleasure; but a prior engagement for the 27th August forbids.  Will you kindly extend my warmest greetings to the old soldiers in attendance, and especially to my old comrades of Co. K of the 18th Va. Regt., whose valor and patriotism I have so often seen tested, and say that I would be glad to shake the hand once more of every survivor of the "Charlotte Rifles."

Truly Yours,

R.E. WITHERS

The following letter was received from Maj. J.B. McPhail

Randolph Va., Aug. 25, 1901
Col. J.B. Faris, Adjt.

H.A. Carrington Camp, C.V.
Dear Sir:--Accept my thanks for your invitation, but my health is not sufficient to be present on the 27th.  I shall, however, rejoice with those whose eyes behold the unveiling of the Confederate Monument.
I desire to congratulate the Camp upon the successful completion of its patriotic and benificent (beneficent) work.  The monument is not only a touching tribute to the heroic dead, but will ever remain a source of pride and inspiration to the living.
It marks a spot to which many Confederate sons or daughters, in poverty and misforture, (misfortune) may go and look up, self-respecting and independent. It is the right of the humblest who had an ancestor who did a soldier's duty in Liberty's greatest and noblest phalanx.
It is not, indeed, a monument to victory but to all that was possible to the valor of the brave.  It is the grateful offering of a conquered people to the memory of defeated soldiers; and in that, the highest possible testimonial to the Soldier's worth; higher than any the Federal Government, in the plenitude of its wealth and power can render to the memory of its victorious legions.
It happily comes in time to be accepted by living veterans for their dead comrades, many of whom sleep on distant battle fields, in graves unmarked by stone nor flower save those kind Nature scatters.
Hoping everything may conspire to make the "unveiling" the great success it deserves to be.

Yours, Faithfully,
J.B. MCPHAIL.

TOURNAMENT AND BALL

According to the programme (program) a Tournament was held in the afternoon, but was interrupted by the rain ere its conclusion.  Some eleven Knights contested, and the rings caught the 1st prize was awarded to R.M. Friend, the 2nd to Willie Crutcher, the 3rd to Jos. Driskill, the 4th Norvell Crute.  Capt. R.S. Parks delivered a very appropriate charge to the Knights.

At night the platform in front of the Courthouse and the building was brilliantly lit up with colored lanterns for the Coronation and Ball.  The young ladies of Smithville gave a Calisthenic Drill which excited the admiration of all and won for the graceful performers many rounds of hearty applause.

The coronation address was delivered by Mr. Berkley D. Adams of Red Oak, in a most happy and graceful manner, and Miss Julia Morton was crowned Queen, with Miss Annie Norvell 1st Maid of Honor, Miss Carrie Shorter 2nd Maid, and Miss H.A. Ballou 3rd Maid.  The band on one end of the platform discoursed sweet music and dancing was had until well into the night.

Thus came to a close one of the greatest days in the history of our county.  Tho' the weather was somewhat unfavorable, which reduced the crowd, the carefully arranged, programme (program) was carried out without a jar or discordant note.  The greatest praise to the ladies, the officers and members of the Camp, and our citizens generally, for their earnest and patriotic labors to which the success and enjoyment of the occasion is so notably due.

Among distinguished visitors were Gen. Stith Bolling of Petersburg, Capt. E.E. Bouldin of Danville, Capt. J.D. Jeffress of Mecklenburg, Col. J.S. Cunningham of N.C., Capt. Robertson of Smythe, and others.

H.A. CARRINGTON CAMP AND THE MONUMENT

It has been the cherished hope of many that the time would come when some fitting memorial would be erected in commemoration of the patriotism and bravery of the Charlotte men who engaged in the struggle between 1861 and '65.  We have made no little effort to secure the names of the men enlisted in the several companies organized in Charlotte, and the files of the Gazette in the Clerk's office may prove of service to some future historian.

The H.A. Carrington Camp No. 34, C.V., was organized in 1894, with 35 active members, the number which is still upon its roll.  At the time of the unveiling of the Lee monument in Richmond there were 105 Charlotte veterans in line.  At the first organization of the Camp, Capt. Wm. H. Smith, of the Charlotte Rifles, was made colonel commander, and J.B. Faris, then of Richmond, who was 3d sergeant of Co. G, of the 3d Va Battalion, was made adjutant.  This corps was organized of young men in Richmond from 14 to 16 years of age, in May, 1865.  We are told it was composed of the youngest men mustered into service North or South.

To adjutant Faris the greatest credit is due, as being one of the most active members of the Camp in forwarding the plans and promoting the erection of the monument, and his zeal and energy has been promptly and efficiently aided by the cooperation of the members of the Camp and comrades and friends scattered throughout the country, and these efforts have now been rewarded by the erection of the monument which will stand as a testimonial of their regard for the memory of those who participated in the struggle of 1861-1865.  Capt. Smith was succeeded by Capt. T.W. Scott, who enlisted as a private in Co. D., of the 56th Regt. Va. Inf., and is the present Colonel Commander.  Mr. Faris still holding his position as adjutant.

The efforts of the Camp have been ably aided by the Ladies Auxiliary Association, of which Mrs. C.H. Gibbs was at first president, and was succeeded by Mrs. C.C. Guthrie, on whose resignation Mrs. Fannie Y. Smith, wife of the first commander, was made, and is still, the president. The ladies have rendered most valuable assistance in this work, and to them, as well as to many friends and this and other sections who have given valuable precuniary (pecuniary) aid, the thanks of the Camp are due.

The Camp by whose efforts this Monument has been erected was named in honor of Col. Henry A. Carrington, a graduate of the Va. Mil. Institute, a man of fine presence and dignity, who was among the first to tender his services to his State, and who in May, 1861, was commissioned as lieutenant-colonel of the 18th Regt. of Va. Infantry.  Some time after his death Mrs. Carrington gave us a very touching account of the scene which took place at the paternal mansion, "Retirement," the evening before the departure of Col. Carrington for the field, when Rev. L.B. Wharton, then rector of Grace church in this village, and now we believe, professor at William and Mary college, dedicated the father, Col. H.A. Carrington, to the service of his God and his country, and at the same time his infant son in his arms, J. Cullen Carrington, then six months old, in the sacred rite of baptism.  On the following day the Colonel left for his command.

It was at Gettysburg, after having scaled the heights with his valiant troops, amid the deadly rain of shot and steel, he was wounded and taken prisoner.  Col. Withers was wounded at Gaines' Mill, and from that time the command of the regiment devolved upon Col. Carrington, as Col. Withers never returned to active service.  During this long period he discharged the duties of the position with fidelity to his country, and respected and beloved by his command, until his confinement at Johnson's Island for eight months after the battle of Gettysburg.  After his release, he returned to his command of the regiment, participating in all the battles in which the 18th was engaged.  He was three times wounded during the war.  It was in the early part of 1864 that he received his commission as commanding officer of the regiment.




THE MONUMENT ITSELF

The Monument itself is a fine clear Virginia granite shaft, resting upon a pedestal, or "die", bearing the inscriptions.  The shaft is surrounded by the figure, in Italian marble, of a Confederate soldier, in his field jacket, with his gun at "parade rest."  The bottom foundation, which was arranged at the time of the laying of the corner-stone, was prepared under the superintendence of Mr. Thos. F. Morrisette, of this village.  Upon this foundation are four heavy stones, upon which two heavy flat stones rest to serve as a basis for the "die", a large four-sided granite block, which serves as the main part of the pedestal, upon each side of which are appropriate inscriptions.  On one of the foundation or lower stones are the words:

"Charlotte County cherishes the memory of her Heroes."
On the next stone, on the same side, are the words, "Confederate Soldier".
On the front or west side of the "die" or pedestal, is the Coat of Arms of Virginia.
On the plinth above, "Gloria Victis."
On the shaft are figures, "1861-1865."
On the north side are the words: "Noble deeds are a people's inspiration."
On the east side is the inscription, "Erected under the auspices of H.A. Carrington Camp, No. 34, C.V." August 27, 1901.
On the south side of die are the words "non sibi sed patriae."
The height of the entire structure, we understand, is 27 feet, and its weight is about 27,000 pounds.  It was made at the J.M. Walsh Cockade Marble Works at Petersburg, Va.  It's cost, we learn, is about $1,300.

The Monument is surrounded by a neat iron fence.  The front side of the fence around the Courthouse square has been removed, and the fence turned in so as to connect with that of the Monument, with gates on either side.

 





Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, September 5, 1901
(These articles were not available in time for inclusion in the Charlotte Gazette  on the August 29, 1901 publication date.)

Hon. W.C. Carrington's Speech

The following eloquent speech was delivered by Hon. W.C. Carrington, introducing Col. Cabell, at the monument unveiling, Aug. 27th, which we could not secure in time for our last issue:

Members of the Camp, Ladies and Gentlemen:

No shaft that has ever pointed heaven-ward, stands for as much as that which will presently be unveiled.  The Confederate soldier did not die for himself but for his country.  He loved the principles for which his government stood better than he did his life.  He knew that the cause for which he fought and reddened the earth with his blood was holy.  If he had had ten thousand lives he would have cheerfully given them all in defence (defense) of the purest government that ever existed, and of the liberties of his countrymen.  He knew when the States breathed into the Federal Constitution its life, they reserved the right to secede.  This was the compact entered into, hence the Southern States had the perfect right to secede, and when the Federal Government interposed it's strong arm to prevent it, it became responsible for all the fearful consequences that flowed from its unlawful act, and for all the loss of treasure and of blood which resulted there from.  The Confederate soldier drew his blade in defence (defense) of constitutional liberty.  In defence (defense) of the supreme law of the land, and all that was pure and sacred to his heart and life; and today his memory is revered by just men throughout the world, and is enshrined in the loving and grateful hearts of all the people of this southland.

It is seldom if ever the case that the defeated erect monuments, but the fact that the Southern people are doing so is the best proof that the cause to which the Confederate soldier dedicated his fortunes and his life was just and holy.  Wrong may flourish for a season, but it never has been known to survive a crushing defeat.  Such is not the case with right, because it is indestructible.  Apply the test and there can be but one opinion in regard to the Lost Cause.  It was anointed by justice, it was baptized in the blood of patriots and heroes and it went down in glory, as its principles were destined to live forever.  If it had been otherwise the memories of its defenders would have perished long since.  But when and where in the world's history have the vanquished received such honor and glory as those who wore the gray, and who charged like demigods amid scenes of carnage and of blood; say, into the very jaws of death, without a tremor or regret.  The Confederate soldier for endurance, for thrilling daring and heroism, has not a peer in the world's history.  In the first place, he was a higher type of man than the ordinary soldier.  In the second place, he knew that he was right and willing to die for it.  You can rest assured, my countrymen, that his fame will ever be preserved in song and story, and it will live as long as the stars continue to keep watch over his sacred dust, and until that granite shaft has crumbled in decay, and can no longer bear testimony to his life of consecration to duty.  I would rather be the son of a Confederate soldier, it matters not how humble his station.  In life may be, who scaled the heights of Gettysburg, and there sealed his love of country with his heart's blood, than to be the lineal descendant of the mightiest monarch of earth, if he used his power for oppression and wrong.

Moreover, I can fancy that the braves who departed this life long since, whether in the shock of battle or after the conflict was over, have been descending--all this morning from the heights of glory--and are with us to-day in thought, feeling, sentiment, memory, and aspirations, although they are not visible to the physical eye.

"Charlotte County cherishes the memory of her heroes" in another inscription on that shaft.  This is a blessed thought, an inspiring fact, because it shows that even in this age of commercialism our people still have an appreciation of those things which constitute real great heroes, and they themselves are composed of that material out of which heroes and martyrs are made.

I present to you Col. Geo. C. Cabell, of Danville.


Letter from Ex-Governor O'Ferrall

The following letter was received by us to late for insertion in connection with the report of the unveiling last week.  It explains the reason of his absence on that occasion:

Richmond, Va., Aug. 24, 1901
Col. Thos. Scott,
Com. Carrington Camp, C.V.

My Dear Sir.-- It is with the deepest regret that I find it will be impossible for me to be present at the unveiling of the monument to the noble Confederate dead of Charlotte, on the 27th inst.  I confidently expected to be with you and had my heart set on it; but, alas!  I am doomed to disappointment.
Last Tuesday evening when I thought I was well, I was suddenly taken ill, and since then I have been confined to my house---most of the time to my bed---and under the care of a physician.  I am better, and I think I would make the effort to keep my engagement but for the interest of my doctor.  He tells me that it would be reckless and dangerous for me to exert myself physically or mentally to the extent of making a speech, and that quiet and rest are absolutely necessary, if I hope to recover speedily.  So I cannot be with my old comrades in person, but surely will be in spirit.
Thirty-six years and more have been recorded on the eternal scroll since the cruel spade, sinking deep, made the lowly beds in which sleep Charlotte's heroic dead.  In the bivouac and on the march, in the trenches and on the open field, is the stubborn musketry line and on the bayonet charge, they had vowed that whether they ever turned their faces homeward bearing with them stainless names and with victory on their brow or whether they fell, they would be true to the cause they had espoused, and true they were, holding fast to their vow, even to their expiring breath.
They returned not to hearthstones made radiant by their coming, nor to bosoms swelling with the joys of meeting, but freely offered themselves as sacrifices upon the altar of the Southland.
Whether they were slain by shrieking shell, hissing ball or flashing stroke, or went to their God from prison pen or hospital cot, they will survive in sempiternal remembrance, and their courage and daring, suffering, and immolation will be chiseled, as upon tables of stone, in letters, that neither the elements nor vandal's hand can ever efface.
Upon their breasts might be piled the Egyptian pyramids, upon them might be heaped the Blue Ride range, yet they would not be so deeply buried that the tendrils of our affections would not reach them.
On Tuesday next your Camp will dedicate a monument to their memory, and fame for them will a fresh chaplet weave.  Manassas will send her laurel leaves, Seven Pines her scarlet and Malvern Hill her crimson rose, Cold Harbor, Chancellorsville, Yellow Tavern, Fredericksburg, Petersburg and the Wilderness their choicest flowers, Antietam and Gettysburg their immortelles, while Appomattox, in her mourning, will add a star to crown the wreath of glory.
Please express to my old comrades my great regret that my sickness prevents me from meeting and mingling with them.  Please say to them that I have never seen the hour when I had any apologies to offer or recantations to make for Confederate soldiers.  In the sight of God and man I can raise my hand and declare never since the stars snag together did men fight for a cause more glorious or bleed for a land more sublime in traditions and memories.  No tinge of shame has ever mantled the cheeks of that renowned band.  With consciences devoid of wrong the survivors now walk the earth; their step may be unsteady from age, but there is pride in it; conscious of their prowess in the vigor of their manhood, they glory in their record and look with pity and contempt upon their defamers.  All nations have rendered their verdict upon their achievements, and the impartial chronicler can be trusted to crave the judgment of the civilized world upon tables imperishable and "spread the truth from pole to pole."
No higher enconium  (encomium) could say man desire than these words: "He was a Confederate soldier, and he did his duty."  No loftier epitaph could any tomb bear than this simple inscription: "He wore the gray jacket and honored it."

Yours, very truly,
CHAS. T. O'FERRALL


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, September 9, 1954

Confederate Monument At Charlotte C.H. Moved to Courthouse Grounds

Work was completed last week on moving the Confederate Monument in Charlotte Court House to its new location on the courthouse grounds.  Formerly situated in the intersection where Route 47, meets Route 40, the memorial to Charlotte County Confederate Veterans was moved so that traffic will have a better view of approaching vehicles, and turning movements will be easier at the intersection.

The State Highway Commission awarded the contract for moving the 27,000 pound shaft to Campbell and Graves, Lynchburg, Virginia contractors, who submitted a low bid of $2,122 for the work.  It is interesting to note that the original cost of the memorial as reported in the Charlotte Gazette of August 29, 1901, was only "about $1800."

The monument was first erected on the courthouse lawn, but on December 14, 1916, was moved to the highway intersection.  

The Charlotte County Board of Supervisors appointed Supervisor C.O. Pettus, Jr., and Major John D. Guthrie, from the Charlotte Branch of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, a committee to supervise the movement.  The new site, on the courthouse grounds between the courthouse and the Robertson home, was selected by a committee composed of Major Guthrie and Miss Fannie Y. Smith, from the local UDC Chapter.

Major Guthrie stated that a number of papers and records were found in the base of the monument when it was moved.  Due to water seepage quite a bit of the material was illegible, but among the items found included a roster of the members of the Charlotte Confederate Veterans Post, roster of the United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter, a list of the officers of the 18th Virginia Regiment, which included men from Charlotte, Lunenburg, and Halifax counties, a list of the battles in which the 18th Regiment participated complete with the number of men wounded or lost in each of the campaigns.  Also there were two Masonic membership coins in the pedestal, and a badge from the United Confederate Veterans of the Union Convention, held at Gettysburg, Pa. in 1913.

In addition to all of the old material which was returned to it's original place in the base of the monument, Major Guthrie said the following other items were placed there; copy of Charlotte County edition of the Virginia County edition of the Virginia County Magazine, containing Charlotte County history, a copy of Judge R.F. Hutcheson's pamphlet on the history of Charlotte Court House, a copy of a Charlotte County Handbook by J. Cullen Carrington, former Clerk of Charlotte County, a folder on county history prepared by the journalism class of Randolph-Henry High School several years ago.  All of the material was placed in a stone crock and sealed against the possibility of damage by water.