Stone Mountain in DeKalb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Stone Mountain Cemetery
—March to the Sea Heritage Trail —
Interment of Confederate soldiers began here in 1864. Half were with five local units: "McCullough Rifles" (Company D, 38th Georgia Infantry), "Magruder Dragoons" (Company H, 2nd Georgia Cavalry), "DeKalb Riflemen" (Third Company C, 12th Battalion Georgia Artillery), "Stone Mountain Guards" (Company H, 8th Regiment Georgia State Guards) and Company E, 36th Georgia Infantry. The initial 150 burials filled much of the original cemetery. Local veterans Private Ransom M. Thompson and Surgeon John L. Hamilton donated land to increase the cemetery to 16 acres. Another 65 veterans, including Thompson and Hamilton, eventually joined their comrades.
Among the Confederate veterans buried here are Paul T. Goldsmith (a Georgia Military Institute cadet), Captain John H. F. Mattax (a Mexican War veteran and Captain John G. Rankin (who enlisted at age 45). Sergeant Jesse B. Taliaferro joined the 1st Georgia Regulars before the war started and surrendered after more than four years of continuous duty.
Several veterans suffered wounds. During the Battle of Resaca, Georgia, a bullet fractured Private Edward N. Nash's left knee. Nash hobbled his remaining fifty years. His cousin, Corporal Isaac N. Nash, lost a hand at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Other veterans survived imprisonment. Private William V. Cronic and Corporal James A.J. Duren endured below-zero temperatures at Camp Morton in Indianapolis, Indiana. Sergeant Elwin L. Phillips survived deplorable conditions at Rock Island, Illinois, while 2nd Lieutenant John F. McClelland was imprisoned at Fort Delaware. After the war McClelland became a Presbyterian minister and chaplain of the Georgia House of Representatives. Sergeant Philip B. McCurdy also became a preacher, at Stone Mountain Baptist Church, where Lieutenant George R. Wells was Sunday School superintendent for fifty years.
The nearby granite monolith "Stone Mountain" silently witnessed Union Major General William T. Sherman's
Erected by Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails, Inc. (Marker Number L1.)
Location. 33° 48.735′ N, 84° 10.281′ W. Marker is in Stone Mountain, Georgia, in DeKalb County. Marker is on Cemetery Circle north of East Ponce de Leon Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6204 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Stone Mountain GA 30083, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Unknown Confederate Dead (within shouting distance of this marker); Garrard's Cavalry at Stone Mtn. Depot (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stone Mountain - Confederate Memorial The Country Comes Before Me (approx. 1.6 miles away); The March to the Sea (approx. 1.8 miles away); Covered Bridge (approx. 2.3 miles away); Hightower (Etowah) Trail (approx. 2.7 miles away); Garrard's & Lightburn's to Stone Mountain (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stone Mountain.
Regarding Stone Mountain Cemetery. Over 200 Confederate veterans are buried here. The nearby massive monolith “Stone Mountain” was admired by the 27,000+ Federal soldiers in the “Left Wing” of Major General William T. Sherman’s army as they marched east from Atlanta on November 15 & 16, 1864.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 26, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 108 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 26, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.