Tag Archives: Macon County

Pleasant Hill AME Church, North Carolina

Cowee, Macon County, Georgia

Located in Cowee, or Too Cowee, North Carolina, Pleasant Hill AME Church was started in 1874. Prior to the Civil War, Cowee was home to a significant population of freedmen and women and enslaved people. After the Civil War, Cowee had the most significant population of Black families in this part of Western North Carolina. This church building was built in 1929 and restored in 2009. While the church is no longer active, the cemetery is still used. This church is part of the Cowee Historic District for Macon County, North Carolina.

Gillespie Chapel, North Carolina

Macon County

Built in the late 1870s, the Gillespie Chapel sits atop a steep hill where the front steps put you close to the edge of the hill. Regular services ended in 1975, but it now serves the Upper Cartoogechaye area as a community space.

New York Monument, Georgia

Andersonville, Sumter County

Andersonville National Cemetery is the only park in the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Andersonville was the location of a Confederate Prisoner of
War Campsite. Over 45,000 Union soldiers were held captive here.

After the Civil War, Union states wanted to honor these POWs at Andersonville, so they commissioned monuments to be made.

The New York Monument was sculpted by Roland Perry and Louis Gudebrod. It was installed in 1911 and dedicated in 1914.

The front reads,

New York. This monument erected by the patriotism, sacrifices, and fortitude of about nine thousand New York soldier of the Union armies in the War of the Rebellion who were confined in the Confederate States Military Prison at Andersonville, Georgia, of whom twenty-two and sixty-one are known to have died in the prison and were buried in this cemetary [sic].

This monument is listed on the Smithsonian Save Outdoor Sculpture database.

Pennsylvania Monument, Georgia

Andersonville, Sumter County, Georgia

Sculpted by Sigvald Asbjornsen and painted by James E. Taylor, the Pennsylvania monument in Andersonville National Cemetery was installed and dedicated in 1905.

Inside the arch, there are three plaques. Two serve as dedication plaques. The other depicts the Providence Spring, which was the only water supply that prisoners had access to in the overcrowded camp.