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Confederate Memorial Day in Macon

 
 
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By David Seibert, November 3, 2010
1. Confederate Memorial Day in Macon Marker
Inscription.  On Thursday, April 26, 1866, the graves of Confederate soldiers in Rose Hill Cemetery and in the cemetery at 7th and Cherry Streets were decorated with flowers by the members of the Ladies’ Memorial Association, organized in March 1866 with Mrs. Thomas Hardeman, Jr. (Jane Lumsden), the first president. The women were assisted by 56 young men with hoes, rakes and spades, and children with flowers.

The Memorial Day addresses were delivered by the Rev. David Wills at Rose Hill and by the Rev. E. W. Warren at lower Cherry Street. Both addresses were printed in full in the Macon Daily Telegraph, April 27, 1866.

Soon after the close of the War Between the States, Mrs. Hardeman inaugurated the plan of removing the remains of the soldiers from graves scattered around the Confederate hospitals in the county to these cemeteries and erected wooden headboards at each mound with the name, company, regiment and date of death of each soldier. For two weeks prior the first Memorial Day, Mrs. Hardeman and a companion personally listed the information on the crude headboards. This list of 575 names was published in full in the Macon Daily
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Telegraph of April 26, 1866. The list now numbers 602.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 011-8.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 50.85′ N, 83° 37.9′ W. Marker is in Macon, Georgia, in Bibb County. Marker can be reached from Riverside Drive (U.S. 23). The marker stands in the northeastern part of the front section of Rose Hill Cemetery, at "Soldiers Square," adjacent to a flagpole flying the Confederate Battle Flag. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1071 Riverside Drive, Macon GA 31201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rose Hill Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Basil Lamar (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alfred Holt Colquitt (approx. 0.2 miles away); General Edward Dorr Tracy, Jr. (approx. ¼ mile away); Oak Ridge Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Unknown, But Not Forgotten (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Oak Ridge Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Oak Ridge Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Macon.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
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By David Seibert, November 3, 2010
3. Confederate Memorial Day in Macon Marker
This additional plaque is at the base of the marker. It reads:

262 additional soldiers are buried in Soldiers Square in unmarked graves.
Their names, units and dates of death are on file in the Sexton’s Office at the Gate House. Also, in the Genealogy Room at the Washington Memorial Library.

General Edward Dorr Tracy, Jr. Camp No. 18
Sons of Confederate Veterans
July 1, 2003
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By David Seibert, November 3, 2010
4. Confederate Memorial Day in Macon Marker
Beyond the Confederate graves is the railroad track at the edge of the cemetery).
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By David Seibert, November 3, 2010
5. Confederate Memorial Day in Macon Marker
The Ocmulgee River is barely visible beyond the railroad tracks.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on March 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,226 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 5, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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