Our Confederate Dead
Confederate Home of Missouri Cemetery
The Confederate Home Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 800 people. It was established early in the history of the Confederate Soldiers Home of Missouri.
The first interment was in 1891; the last occurred in 1950 when John T. Graves, the last resident Confederate veteran, died at age 108. His headstone is simply inscribed, "JOHN T. GRAVES, THE LAST OF SHELBY'S MEN."
The United Daughters of the Confederacy erected the large granite monument that dominates the cemetery in June 1906. Designed by sculptor M.H. Rice of Kansas City, it was constructed of Vermont Barre granite. The monument cost $5,000 and was dedicated to all who served the Confederacy.
The statue was inspired by the Lion of Lucerne statue in Lucerne, Switzerland, which commemorates the Swiss Guards massacred by a mob while protecting the French King Louis the XVI during the French Revolution. Rice deemed the lion, mortally wounded yet proud and defiant, as an appropriate symbol for the Confederacy.
The lion's forepaw rests upon the Seal of the Confederacy, which features a mounted George Washington surrounded by a wreath of agricultural products vital to the south. The United Daughters of the Confederacy emblem is centered directly below the lion and set against the various Confederate flags. The monument was unveiled on June 2, 1906, to
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The superintendent of the home and other dignitaries at the dedication of the monument.
"Step lightly near this sacred spot,
and move with solemn tread,
For this is consecrated soil,
Where sleep our honored dead!
The sunlight shimmers through the boughs
Of shadowy forest trees,
Nature weeps here, her silent tears,
A requiem sighs the breeze,
When the tall grasses gently wave,
the wild flowers lift its head,
As if its tribute sweet,
to bring to our Confederate dead,...
Elizabeth Ustick McKinney, 1894
Erected by Missouri State Parks.
Location. 39° 5.916′ N, 93° 43.774′ W. Marker is in Higginsville, Missouri, in Lafayette County. Marker is on 1st Street 0.4 miles north of Business Missouri Route 13, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is just inside the cemetery entrance at the Confederate Memorial State Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Higginsville MO 64037, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate States of America - National Flags (here, next to this marker); Confederate States of America - Battle Flags (here, next to this marker); Confederate Memorial State Historic Site (a few steps from this marker); Lion of Lucerne (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Home Chapel Restoration (within shouting distance of this marker); Cottage Row [and] The Confederate Home Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); The Confederate Home of Missouri (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Soldiers' Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Higginsville.
Also see . . .
1. Confederate Memorial State Historic Site MO. (Submitted on November 28, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Confederate Home Cemetery at Find A Grave. (Submitted on November 28, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. United Daughters of the Confederacy. (Submitted on November 28, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Patriots & Patriotism •
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