From the tablet at the base of the monument:
Esse quam vider*
Northwest of this tablet 800 yards,
is the Belle Grove House in which died
October 20, 1864,
of wounds received at Cedar Creek October 19, 1864, Maj.-Gen. Stephen Dodson Ramseur, C.S.A.
A native of North Carolina, he resigned from
the United States Army in 1861, and entering
the Confederate States Army as a Lieutenant
rose to rank of Major-General at the age of 27.
Erected 1919 by
The North Carolina Historical Commission
The North Carolina Division, U.D.C.
The Latin phrase at the top of the tablet translates "to be, rather than to seem to be." It became the official motto of the State of North Carolina in 1893.