Soldiers Monument in Louisville
This monument to Winston County's support of the Confederacy, the Spanish
American War and World War I is found in the middle of the intersection of Main Street and Columbus Avenue in
Louisville, MS. The monument was unveiled on July 4, 1921.
Each face of the monument honors a different group of local heroes.
Below, you will find pictures of the four faces of the monument and the
inscriptions that appear on each face.
This monument is somewhat unique in that it honors the women of the
Confederacy as well as the men.
The book, A History of Winston Co. by Jennie Newsom gives this
account of the history of the monument from an old copy of the Winston
On March 8, 1921, at the request of a committee of citizens headed by J.P.
Cagle, the Board of Supervisors of Winston Co. voted to pay $1750 or half the
cost of erecting a SOLDIERS MONUMENT in Louisville to the memory of
Confederate, Spanish American and World War Veterans and to mothers of the
Confederacy. The committee agreed to raise $1750 by public
JAMES PINCKENEY "PINK" CAGLE (1846-1927) was a well known and colorful
character in Louisville. He was active in local politics, the Masonic
Lodge, the Baptist Church and all Confederate Veterans Organizations.
Pink was an officer in all of these groups. He served as mayor of
Louisville for several terms as well as Justice of the Peace and held various
county offices. He was the older brother of
Eululia Cagle who married
Euel Lansing Costiloe in 1893
and moved to TX the next day. Locals say that many in Louisville thought
the statue was actually "Uncle Pink" since he wore his CSA uniform and rode a
white horse in parades all his life.
From Louis Taunton's book,
"Excerpts From The Winston County Index and The Winston Signal", page 53:
The Signal dated November 24, 1883: We are again called upon to
impart the sad news to our readers of the death of a wife and mother in our
little village. Mrs Jennie Cagle, the wife of Mr. J. P. Cagle, died Sunday,
November 18th of consumption. She had been a sufferer for several
years. She leaves five children and her husband to mourn the loss of a
mother and wife.