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Mobile in Mobile County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Confederate Rest

The Confederate Dead

 
 
Confederate Rest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 8, 2011
1. Confederate Rest Marker
Inscription.
In 1862, while Alabama was a State among the Confederate States of America suffering invasion by Union forces, the City of Mobile designed this Square 13 of Magnolia Cemetery as "Soldier's Rest" for Confederate Patriots who were casualties of the resulting war.

There are 1,110 victims of war wounds or related disease known to be buried in Confederate Rest. Among them is an unknown sailor of the CSS Alabama whose remains were interred in 2007. Casualties of Regiments from throughout the South are buried here and the origins of a large number of the deceased are unknown.

After the forced dissolution of the Confederacy, women throughout the South took the lead in decorating the graves of the war dead and building of memorials. Mobile's ladies were no exception and the Confederate Memorial Association was founded in 1865.

The monument itself was originally topped by a figure representing a Confederate soldier. It was unveiled on April 27, 1874, by Admiral Raphael Semmes who commented "The statue is designed to perpetuate the memory of a band of gallant men, who perished in the greatest of modern wars, in obedience to the most powerful impulse that can move the human heart - the love of Liberty".

In 1931, the statue was shattered by lightning. The bust was saved and is mounted on its own pedestal
Confederate Rest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 8, 2011
2. Confederate Rest Marker
in the center of the southern side of the Rest.

Deo Vindice
Raphael Semmes Camp 11
Sons of Confederate Veterans
2010
 
Erected 2010 by Raphael Semmes Camp 11, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
 
Location. 30° 40.496′ N, 88° 3.595′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Gayle Street and Montgomery Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located at the Confederate section of Magnolia Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Mobile AL 36604, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Fort Blakely Monument (approx. mile away); Battle of Coffeeville Memorial (approx. mile away); Mobile National Cemetery (approx. mile away); Battle of Mobile Bay Memorial (approx. mile away); CSS Alabama Memorial (approx. mile away); Hunley Memorial in Magnolia National Cemetery (approx. mile away); Oakleigh (approx. 0.4 miles away); W.H. Council Traditional School (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mobile.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
Bust of Statue struck by Lightning in 1931 image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 8, 2011
3. Bust of Statue struck by Lightning in 1931
In memory of
the gallant dead
of the
Mobile Rifle Company
1861 to 1865.
"Go! Watch o'er the dead in gray!
Go guard the private,—
and guard the chief,
and sentinel their clay."
Mobile Cadets NW Corner image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 8, 2011
4. Mobile Cadets NW Corner
Confederate Rest Marker(yellow arrow) Bust of Statue struck by lightning (green arrow) Photo looking Southeast
Alabama State Artillery NE Corner image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 8, 2011
5. Alabama State Artillery NE Corner
Alabama State Artillery NE Corner image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 8, 2011
6. Alabama State Artillery NE Corner
Center of Alabama State Artillery NE corner
Continentals/ Charles Werborn Obelisk
Gen. Braxton Bragg SW Corner image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 8, 2011
7. Gen. Braxton Bragg SW Corner
Gen. Braxton Bragg SW Corner (other side) image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 8, 2011
8. Gen. Braxton Bragg SW Corner (other side)
Gen. Braxton Bragg SW Corner (Closeup-other side) image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 8, 2011
9. Gen. Braxton Bragg SW Corner (Closeup-other side)
Sacred to the memory of
Braxton Bragg
Born in Warrenton, N.C.
March 22, 1817,
Died in Galveston, Texas,
Sept. 27, 1876.

Psalm 34th, 7th Verse, "The Angel of the Lord encampeth round about those that fear Him and deliverith them.
Confederate Submarine Hunley Marker SE Corner (closeup) image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 8, 2011
10. Confederate Submarine Hunley Marker SE Corner (closeup)
In Memory of the known and unknown men of Mobile and others who perished in the Confederate Submarine Hunley Horace L. Hunley, Robert Brockbank, Joseph Patterson, Thomas W. Park, Charles McHugh, Henry Beard, John Marshall, Charles Sprague, George E. Dixon
In Memoriam
Liberty!
Lt. George E. Dixon, CSA
1837 - 1864
Ralphael Semmes Camp 11
SCV
April 2004
Confederate Memorial (center) image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 8, 2011
11. Confederate Memorial (center)
Confederate Memorial (center/ closeup) image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 8, 2011
12. Confederate Memorial (center/ closeup)
The Confederate Dead.
Unveiled April 27, 1874
(plaque)
A grateful progeny salutes your courage
patriotism and devotion to
our American liberties
Deo Vindice
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Heritage of Honor
Centennial Memorial
1896 - 1996
Admiral Raphael Semmes Camp 11
Unknown Sailor CSS Alabama image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 8, 2011
13. Unknown Sailor CSS Alabama
Unknown sailor of the CSS Alabama whose remains were interred in 2007
Fort Blakley Dead image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 8, 2011
14. Fort Blakley Dead
 
 
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