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

Noble Ladies of Spotsylvania

 
 
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Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 13, 2021
1. Noble Ladies of Spotsylvania Marker
Inscription.  The War of the Rebellion came to a close in April 1865. A war-weary Spotsylvania County turned its attention to restoring homes, farms and life. It was a difficult undertaking. The County had seen four major battles and hundreds of skirmishes for almost three years. The County was littered with destroyed homes, abandoned farms and the debris of war. Among the debris were thousands of graves and skeletons of the fallen. Singularly and in groups, the fallen covered the land.

The U.S. Government started to take steps to inter their dead by creating cemeteries in the Fredericksburg area. The question of what to do with thousands of Confederate dead fell to the local citizens. The rally call "Every mother's son must be gathered from fence-rows, gardens, yards, from where ever they may be and given a proper burial in a special place. They must rest in peace!” Citizens of the county could not concentrate on rebuilding their lives until their God-given duty to suitably care for their Confederate casualties was fulfilled. Then and only then, could they be ready for the new era rapidly approaching on the horizon.

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Association, with Ann Boulware as President, was formed in 1866 with the primary objective of gathering the remains of dead solders and reinterring them in one place. Fifteen acres of prime land was offered by Joseph Sanford, just east of the Spotsylvania Court House. Court records reveal in 1869, ten acres were returned to Sanford when it became apparent they needed no more than five acres for the Confederate Cemetery. Finally, with their mission accomplished, Spotsylvanians could now restore their lives and property.

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Ann Boulware, President of The Ladies Memorial Association of Spotsylvania County.
Dr. Caleb Massey compiled this first complete Confederate Cemetery Ledger listing soldiers who are buried on this consecrated portion of land.
Dr. Caleb Rosser Massey, was Chairman of the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors, Courtland District, 1904-1907.

 
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.
 
Location. 38° 12.171′ N, 77° 34.998′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from
Noble Ladies of Spotsylvania Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 13, 2021
2. Noble Ladies of Spotsylvania Marker
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 in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Final Resting Place (a few steps from this marker); The Spotsylvania Confederate Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); The Unknown Soldiers (a few steps from this marker); The First Stones Were Free (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); Beneath This Sacred Soil (within shouting distance of this marker); More Than Just A Stone (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.
 
Noble Ladies of Spotsylvania Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 13, 2021
3. Noble Ladies of Spotsylvania Marker
Inset photo (top left) caption: Ann Boulware, President of The Ladies Memorial Association of Spotsylvania County.
Noble Ladies of Spotsylvania Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 13, 2021
4. Noble Ladies of Spotsylvania 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 152 times since then and 21 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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