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Winston County Monument
Soldiers Monument

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 Signal newspaper:

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 subscription.

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.

Click on any of the pictures for a larger view of that image.
West Face of Monument North Face of Monument East Face of Monument South Face of Monument

IN MEMORY OF THE BRAVE SONS OF WINSTON COUNTY, WHO, SO BRAVELY WERE WILING TO MAKE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE FOR THE GREAT PRINCIPLES FOR WHICH THE U. S. ENTERED THE GREAT WORLD WAR IN 1917.  MAY THE MEMORY OF THEIR CHIVALRY AND PATRIOTISM HANDED DOWN FROM FATHER TO SON BE PERPETUATED FOR GENERATIONS YET UNBORN.

{base inscription}
WINSTON GUARDS - JOHN M. BRADLEY, CAPT. PROMOTED TO MAJOR, 13TH MISS. REGT. MAY 13TH, 1861.  BEAUREGARD RIFLES, SUGS LEE, CAPT. 14TH MISS. MAY 26, 1861. BARKSDALE GRAYS, JOS S. REED, CAPT. JUNE 1861. 20TH MISS. REGT.  PETTUS REBELS, AB REED, CAPT. PROMOTED TO MAJOR. 5TH MISS. REGT. JULY 1861.

A TRIBUTE TO WINSTON COUNTY'S SONS WHO FOUGHT IN THE CONFEDERATE WAR
1861-1865

WINSTON COUNTY'S TRIBUTE TO HER NOBLE WOMEN OF THE CONFEDERACY WHO FED AND CLOTHED THEIR FAMILIES AND ARMIES FOR FOUR YEARS
1861-1865

A TRIBUTE TO THE SPANISH-AMERICAN HEROES 1898

Source

Thanks to Susan Bulla for making these pictures available to the Winston Co. MSGenWeb.

Thanks to Dana Meara for providing the history of the monument and the profile of Uncle Pink Cagle, who was instrumental in the placement  of the Soldiers Monument in Louisville.

 


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