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Salisbury in Rowan County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Unknown Soldiers Monument

 
 
Unknown Soldiers Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 2, 2010
1. Unknown Soldiers Monument Marker
Inscription.  
In 18 trenches, just south of this spot, rest the bodies of 11,700 soldiers of the United States Army, who perished during the years 1864 and 1865 while held by the Confederate Military Authorities as prisoners of war in a stockade near this place.

[ Right of Monument ]
“They died that their country might live.”

[ Left of Monument ]
“For our country ’tis a bliss to die.”

[ Rear of Monument ]
This monument was erected by Act of Congress approved March 3, 1873 to the memory of the unknown Union soldiers who died in the Confederate Prison at Salisbury, N.C.

 
Erected 1873.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker monument is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the National Cemeteries series list.
 
Location. 35° 39.556′ N, 80° 28.492′ W. Marker is in Salisbury, North Carolina, in Rowan County. Marker is on Government Road when traveling south.
Right Side of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 2, 2010
2. Right Side of Monument
Marker is located in Salisbury National Cemetery, at the end of Government Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salisbury NC 28144, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Salisbury National Cemetery (here, next to this marker); Burial Trenches and Salisbury Prison (here, next to this marker); Maine (a few steps from this marker); Pennsylvania Monument (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); C.S. Military Prison (approx. 0.4 miles away); City of Salisbury (approx. half a mile away); Meroney’s Theatre (approx. half a mile away); Andrew Jackson (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salisbury.
 
More about this monument. The monument consists of a granite obelisk and base, 50 feet, 2 inches in height, with a base of 18 feet by 18 feet.
 
Left Side of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 2, 2010
3. Left Side of Monument
Rear of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 2, 2010
4. Rear of Monument
Unknown Soldiers Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 2, 2010
5. Unknown Soldiers Monument
Marker in Salisbury National Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 2, 2010
6. Marker in Salisbury National Cemetery
The trenches where the Union soldiers are buried are located behind the monument.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 663 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 14, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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