This monument was erected in 1929 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy to honor the dead Confederate soldiers from Greene County. The monument consists of a large rectangular boulder with a plaque mounted on the North side of the stone, facing away from the Greene County courthouse.
The line “and read their nation’s history in their eyes” from the marker’s incription is a quote from Thomas Gray’s 1750 poem entitled Elegy Written in a Country Courtyard. This poem about death and commemoration was popular for many years. A key theme of the poem is that death will humble everyone and Gray notes that people’s sacrifices are not remembered because they rest in unmarked graves. The critique implicit in the line quoted on this monument is that the deeds of everyday men will never be adequately honored.