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Confederate monument to be dedicated in Elizabethton

John Thompson • Sep 6, 2012 at 10:18 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A new monument honoring Carter Countians who fought for the Confederates in the Civil War will soon join the county’s Veterans Monument.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans will place the new monument at the base of the Veterans Monument, which stands in a traffic circle at the intersection of Elk Avenue and Main Street adjacent to the Carter County Courthouse.

The Carter County Commission voted to allow the Sons of the Confederate Veterans to install a monument during the September 2010 Commission meeting.

Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey said he remembers the vote of the commission, but he has not heard about recent plans. Building and Grounds Committee Chairman L.C. Tester said he received a voicemail, but later received a call that things had been worked out.

The new monument will be dedicated with a memorial service. The date and time for the service has not been announced, but the probable date is Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. The event will be open to the public.

Elizabethton City Manager Fred Edens said he will be one of the featured speakers at the memorial service. Edens, who is also a retired United States Army major, said he plans to deliver a short speech about the valor and courageousness of Confederate soldiers.

He said he does not know how many Confederates there were in Carter County but his personal experience leads him to believe there were many. He said he frequently meets people in Elizabethton who are descendants of Confederate soldiers but rarely meets the descendants of Federal soldiers. Edens is a descendant of a Confederate soldier.

Following the memorial service, there are plans to hold a remembrance ceremony for Confederate Lt. Robert Tipton at Green Hill Cemetery.