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Chapel Hill in Orange County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Silent Sam

 
 
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July 22, 2015
1. Silent Sam Marker
To the Sons of the University who entered the War of 1861-65 in answer to the call of their country and whose lives taught lessons of their great commander that duty is the sublimest word in the English language.
Inscription.
To the Sons of the University
who entered the War of 1861-65
in answer to the call of their
country and whose lives
taught lessons of
their great commander that
duty is the sublimest word
in the English language.

Erected under the auspices
of the
North Carolina Division
of the United Daughters of
the Confederacy
aided by the alumni of
the University

 
Erected 1913 by The United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Divsion.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
 
Location. 35° 54.832′ N, 79° 3.135′ W. Marker is in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Franklin Street and Henderson Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chapel Hill NC 27514, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carolina Coffee Shop (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Journey of Reconcilation (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elizabeth Cotten (approx.
Silent Sam Marker image. Click for full size.
July 22, 2015
2. Silent Sam Marker
Erected under the auspices of the North Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy aided by the alumni of the University.
one mile away); Last Shots (approx. 3.7 miles away); Harriet M. Berry (approx. 4.2 miles away); O'Kelly Chapel Christian Church (approx. 6.9 miles away); James E. Shepard (approx. 7.7 miles away); John Merrick (approx. 8.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chapel Hill.
 
Regarding Silent Sam. The University says that “Silent Sam” is silent because he wears no cartridge box and so could not fire his rifle, student forklore has it that Sam's rifle goes off whenever a virgin passes by, hence “Silent Sam.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Silent Sam. Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 13, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. Confederate Monument. UNC Graduate School. (Submitted on November 13, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Silent Sam Marker image. Click for full size.
July 22, 2015
3. Silent Sam Marker
Silent Sam image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia, March 24, 2007
4. Silent Sam
Silent Sam image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
5. Silent Sam
Model by John A. Wilson, in his studio.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 13, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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