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Spotsylvania Courthouse in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The First Stones Were Free

 
 
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Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 13, 2021
1. The First Stones Were Free Marker
Inscription.  As the Great Depression plunged the United States into financial devastation, the Ladies Memorial Association of Spotsylvania dug in their heels and resolved to continue their mission. On February 26, 1929, Congress authorized legislation that the United States Government would furnish headstones for "dead Confederates" upon request. Details revealed that the stones would be furnished and delivered to the nearest railroad depot. Beyond this point, all expenses would be the responsibility of the individual making the request.

Spotsylvanians were alerted once again in the spring of 1930. The "Ladies” had put in a request for 751 marble headstones to permanently identify the remains of Confederate soldiers. They organized dedicated men and women to take action to gather the funds needed to support this venture. Recorded receipts reveal funds were raised by the sale of plots in the rear of the cemetery and from proceeds from cake sales. Bound and determined, the goal was reached as the premises was cleaned and prepared for the long awaited delivery of the Vermont marble headstones. At last, the inadequate wooden posts and other markers
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Edward and Louisa Waters put in a request for their eldest son, Private Hosea M. Waters, to receive a headstone to mark his grave. Hosea was 18 years old when he enlisted on Christmas Day in 1861 for 12 months of service. He was mustered into Captain J. Felix Walker's Company E, 18th Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers as a Private. Hosea re-enlisted in March 1863, receiving a $50 bounty on the 20th of March. At which time he was described as being 5'8” tall, gray eyes, dark complexion with dark hair. He was listed as a deserter in 1863, later shown as"Absent in Confinement. During the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House on May 8, 1864, Hosea was mortaly wounded.
 
Erected by Ladies Memorial Association of Spotsylvania and Spotsylvania County Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is February 26, 1929.
 
Location. 38° 12.174′ N, 77° 34.989′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Confederate Cemetery Drive south of Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 208), on the right. Located in the Confederate Cemetery, Spotsylvania Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7104 Aldrich Court, Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
The First Stones Were Free Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 13, 2021
2. The First Stones Were Free Marker
are within walking distance of this marker. Noble Ladies of Spotsylvania (a few steps from this marker); Beneath This Sacred Soil (a few steps from this marker); The Unknown Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); A Final Resting Place (within shouting distance of this marker); The Spotsylvania Confederate Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); More Than Just A Stone (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); A Monumental Task (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania Courthouse.
 
The First Stones Were Free Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 13, 2021
3. The First Stones Were Free Marker
Inset photo (upper left) caption: Original application for "Unmarked" grave of Hosea Waters who died in battle on May 8th, 1864.
The First Stones Were Free Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 13, 2021
4. The First Stones Were Free Marker
Located in the Confederate Cemetery down this path off Courthouse Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 13, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 13, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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