Sigma Chi - Constantine Chapter Memorial

This is a monument commemorating a small group of Sigma Chi Fraternity members who secretly held meetings at night during the Civil War.

"It was ascertained that a number of the fraternity were in the army of Tennessee under General Joseph E. Johnston during the Atlanta campaign in 1864. It was conceded that the South was forever disunited from the general government, and it was assumed that all chapters throughout the South would cease to exist. Furthermore, it was deemed expedient that we brothers should know each other and our several commands for the purpose of relief in distress, and communication in a case of need, with our Northern brethren. In the ruin at hand my sentiment was to preserve the lofty principles typified by the White Cross. I know that I had no authority to establish a chapter of Sigma Chi outside a college, or at all; but, isolated as we were, I thought I should raise the standard and fix a rallying point. By doing so we should preserve the Order, whether we failed or not in our struggle for independence."

Quote by Harry St. John Dixon, a brother from the Psi Chapter at the University of Virginia taken from "The Constantine Chapter" page 40-41. The Norman Shield, 41st Edition
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@ 2012-12-07 19:15:07
Hopefully anyone reading the story above who is is not a Sigma Chi wil gain an appreciation of what these young men with high ideals and principles went through in establishing this chapter as war waged all around them. As a young pledge in 1969 I learned about Harry St. John Dixon and Hal Yerger and their compatriot Brothers and it has stuck with me.

One day I hope to visit the Memorial in Jonesboro.

Always proud top be a Sigma Chi!
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@ 2016-01-03 03:04:58
After driving by it for 37 years I've always wondered what was the history behind it.It's a beautiful landmark.Thank You for sharing this.