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Marietta in Cobb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Marietta National Military Cemetery

Henry Greene Cole

 
 
Marietta National Military Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, November 9, 2012
1. Marietta National Military Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  Here rest the remains of 10,132 Officers and Soldiers who died in defence of the Union, 1861-1865.

Dedication plaque on one of the marble columns:
In Memory of
Henry Greene Cole
Of Marietta Georgia
Who Gave These Grounds
To His Country
This Tablet is Erected
By the
Government of the
United States

 
Erected by Government of the United States.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 33° 57.117′ N, 84° 32.6′ W. Marker is in Marietta, Georgia, in Cobb County. Memorial can be reached from the intersection of Washington Avenue and Cole Street. The marker is on the cemetery side of the entrance arch to the Marietta National Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Washington Avenue, Marietta GA 30060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pearl Harbor Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); A National Cemetery System (within shouting distance
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of this marker); Marietta National Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); 20th Army Corps Monument (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wisconsin Soldiers Memorial (about 500 feet away); Address by President Lincoln (about 700 feet away); Judge Debra Halpern Bernes (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lemon Street Grammar and High School (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marietta.
 
More about this marker. The arch, made of Stone Mountain granite, marks the entrance to the Marietta National Cemetery.
 
Regarding Marietta National Military Cemetery. The Marietta National Cemetery was established in 1866 by (Union) General George H. Thomas as the Marietta and Atlanta National Cemetery. It was intended to provide interment for the Union dead from General William T. Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign. The land was donated by Cole.

Cole was a Marietta innkeeper and Union sympathizer, who spent a brief period of time in a Charleston jail at the end of the Civil War. Cole intended the cemetery as a place to inter
Henry Greene Cole Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, November 9, 2012
2. Henry Greene Cole Dedication Plaque
both Union and Confederate solders, believing that by burying together those who had fallen together in battle it could help foster a kind of peace. Both sides rejected his proposal, and the land was used primarily to inter Union soldiers, while the others were buried in the Marietta Confederate Cemetery.

The Marietta National Cemetery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 18, 1998. It is closed to new interments.
 
Also see . . .  Marietta National Cemetery. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Submitted on August 21, 2015.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 644 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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