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Confederate Memorial Day in Macon

 
 
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By David Seibert, November 3, 2010
1. Confederate Memorial Day in Macon Marker
Inscription. On Thursday, April 26, 1866, the graves of Confederate soldiers in Rose Hill Cemetery and in the cemetery at 7th and Cherry Streets were decorated with flowers by the members of the Ladies’ Memorial Association, organized in March 1866 with Mrs. Thomas Hardeman, Jr. (Jane Lumsden), the first president. The women were assisted by 56 young men with hoes, rakes and spades, and children with flowers.

The Memorial Day addresses were delivered by the Rev. David Wills at Rose Hill and by the Rev. E. W. Warren at lower Cherry Street. Both addresses were printed in full in the Macon Daily Telegraph, April 27, 1866.

Soon after the close of the War Between the States, Mrs. Hardeman inaugurated the plan of removing the remains of the soldiers from graves scattered around the Confederate hospitals in the county to these cemeteries and erected wooden headboards at each mound with the name, company, regiment and date of death of each soldier. For two weeks prior the first Memorial Day, Mrs. Hardeman and a companion personally listed the information on the crude headboards. This list of 575 names was published in full in the Macon Daily Telegraph of April 26, 1866. The list now numbers 602.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 011-8.)
 
Marker series.
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By David Seibert, November 3, 2010
2. Confederate Memorial Day in Macon Marker
This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 50.85′ N, 83° 37.9′ W. Marker is in Macon, Georgia, in Bibb County. Marker can be reached from Riverside Drive (U.S. 23). Click for map. The marker stands in the northeastern part of the front section of Rose Hill Cemetery, at "Soldiers Square," adjacent to a flagpole flying the Confederate Battle Flag. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1071 Riverside Drive, Macon GA 31201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rose Hill Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Basil Lamar (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alfred Holt Colquitt (approx. 0.2 miles away); General Edward Dorr Tracy, Jr. (approx. ¼ mile away); Judge Asa Holt House (approx. half a mile away); M. W. Grand Lodge of Georgia (approx. half a mile away); The Stoneman Raid (approx. half a mile away); The March to the Sea (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Macon.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
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By David Seibert, November 3, 2010
3. Confederate Memorial Day in Macon Marker
This plaque, mentioning the additional 262 soldiers buried in Soldiers Square in unmarked graves, is at the base of the marker.
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By David Seibert, November 3, 2010
4. Confederate Memorial Day in Macon Marker
Beyond the Confederate graves is the railroad track at the edge of the cemetery).
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By David Seibert, November 3, 2010
5. Confederate Memorial Day in Macon Marker
The Ocmulgee River is barely visible beyond the railroad tracks.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,046 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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