Marietta in Cobb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Marietta National Military Cemetery
Henry Greene Cole
Dedication plaque on one of the marble columns:
Henry Greene Cole
Of Marietta Georgia
Who Gave These Grounds
To His Country
This Tablet is Erected
Government of the
Erected by Government of the United States.
Location. 33° 57.117′ N, 84° 32.6′ W. Marker is in Marietta, Georgia, in Cobb County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Washington Avenue and Cole Street. Click for map. The marker is on the cemetery side of the entrance arch to the Marietta National Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Washington Avenue, Marietta GA 30060, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wisconsin Soldiers Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Address by President Lincoln (about 700 feet away); Judge Debra Halpern Bernes (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lemon St. Grammar and High School (approx. ¼ mile away); Robert Edward Flournoy, Jr. Cherokee Treaty (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Zion Heritage Museum (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cobb County (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Marietta.
More about this marker. The arch, made of Stone Mountain granite, marks the entrance to the Marietta National Cemetery.
Regarding Marietta National Military Cemetery. The Marietta National Cemetery was established in 1866 by (Union) General George H. Thomas as the Marietta and Atlanta National Cemetery. It was intended to provide interment for the Union dead from General William T. Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign. The land was donated by Cole.
Cole was a Marietta innkeeper and Union sympathizer, who spent a brief period of time in a Charleston jail at the end of the Civil War. Cole intended the cemetery as a place to inter both Union and Confederate solders, believing that by burying together those who had fallen together in battle it could help foster a kind of peace. Both sides rejected his proposal, and the land was used primarily to inter Union soldiers, while the others were buried in the Marietta Confederate Cemetery.
Also see . . . Marietta National Cemetery. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Submitted on August 21, 2015.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil •
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