A bronze Confederate soldier stands atop a granite pedestal. The soldier stands at parade rest, holding his rifle which rests on the ground. The Confederate flag is shown in bas-relief on the pedestal, above the inscription.
In contrast to the destruction visited on other major cities and ports in the south during the Civil War, Beaufort was left untouched and was occupied by Union forces beginning in April 1862.
The Beaufort memorial was the last in North Carolina of what had become the standard form for Confederate Monuments, that of a base and shaft topped with a statue. The demise of this type memorial coincided with aging and death of the remaining Confederate veterans. There were but 10 in attendance at this dedication.