Unveiling of the Silent Sam Confederate Memorial
Credit: North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill
Original Author: Unknown
Created: June 2, 1913
Medium: Photographic postcard

Unveiling of the Silent Sam Confederate Memorial

A crowd attends the June 2, 1913, unveiling of a monument at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill honoring Confederate soldiers—the so-called Silent Sam statue that was a gift from the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. This photograph is the front of a postcard; on the reverse is a message sent by someone named Drew to his mother, Mrs. M. F. Patterson in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He writes, in part:

My dear Mother, This is a photo. of the unveiling of our new monument to those who left the Univ. to enlist in the army in 1861. The parade yesterday was a fine one …