Saturday, March 5, 2011

Wilmington's George Davis Statue

From the March 1st Wilmington (NC) Star News Looking Back column.

From the Feb, 28, 1911 Wilmington Star newspaper.

The heavy granite pedestal of the George Davis monument, to be erected at the corner of Third and Market streets, arrived yesterday. It weighed 20,000 pounds and came in three parts.

The statue itself is expected to arrive in the next few days.

Davis was a Wilmington native and served as attorney general of the Confederacy. After Lee's surrender, Davis surrendered to Union forces in Florida and became a prisoner of war until released in 1866. He then returned to Wilmington and had a law practice until his death in 1896 at age 75.

He is buried in Wilmington's Oakdale Cemetery and his statue still stands at the corner of Market and Third streets.

Can't Object to That. --Old B-R'er

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