The Confederate Memorial was erected to the honor and memory of the Confederate soldiers who served in the Civil War from Mercer County, Virginia, which is now West Virginia. The Memorial was dedicated on September 11, 2003. It is located in Oakwood Cemetery in Princeton, West Virginia.
The Memorial was erected and dedicated by members of Sons of
Confederate Veterans, Camp Number 1694, also known as the Flat Top Copperheads
and the Parshandatha Foley Chapter of the order of Bonnie Blue.
The Flat Top Copperheads was a company organized by Captain
Richard B. Foley, on August 22, 1861, as Company F, 151st Virginia
Militia. The Parshandatha Foley Chapter
of the order of Bonnie Blue was named for Parshandatha Foley, wife of Captain
Richard B. Foley, organizer of the Flat Top Copperheads.
It has been recorded that Mercer County organized and
equipped eleven full companies for the Confederate service in proportion to
population more than any County in Virginia.
A portion of the inscription on the back of the Memorial
states: Let the stranger, who in future
time reads this inscription know that no Virginia county ever had truer sons or
fearless defenders than those of Mercer County, Virginia, now West
Virginia. Their loyalty to their state taught them how
to live and how to die; teaching future generations who claim the same
birthright that truth, courage, and patriotism endure forever.