Hagerstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Washington Confederate Cemetery
The Cemetery was formally dedicated on June 15, 1877. The keynote speaker was former Confederate General Fitzhugh Lee.
In September, 1961, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Ulysses S. Grant III rededicated Washington Confederate Cemetery in a large ceremony commemorating the centennial anniversary of the Civil War (1961-1965)
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, speaking at the 1961 rededication of the cemetery.Washington County Historical Society
Col. Isaac E. Avery, 6th North Carolina State Troops (1826-1863) Richard Clem
At Gettysburg, Avery commanded Hoke's Brigade in an assault on Cemetery Hill late in the evening of July 2,1863. Mortally wounded in the assault, he broke off a nearby twig and wrote the following note in his own blood to his second-in-command: "Major: Tell my father that I died with my face to the enemy." Col Avery soon passed and his servent Elijah attempted to return the remains to North Carolina for burial. However, hot and foul weather, road conditions and the movements of the armies delayed his efforts and Elijah made it only as far as Williamsport where the Colonel had to be buried.After the war, Avery was re-interred here. The note is today held in the collection of the North Carolina State Archives.
(Right upper picture)
Former Confederate General Fitzhugh Lee, center, on gray horse. This photo was taken in Havana, Cuba in 1898 while he served as a major general in the U.S. Volunteers during the Spanish-American War. Stephen R. Bockmiller
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Col. Samuel P. Lumpkin, 44th Georgia Infantry (1833-1863) Steven Stotelmyer
Col. Lumpkin was wounded in the leg by artillery fire on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. His leg amputated, he was transported in the "long wagon
Erected by Heart of the Civil War Maryland Heritage Area.
Location. 39° 37.738′ N, 77° 43.514′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on outh Potomac Street (Maryland Route 65), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located between Spruce Street and Garlinger Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Hagerstown MD 21740, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Washington Confederate Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Kennedy (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rose Hill Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Willow Lane Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Great Indian Warrior/Trading Path (approx. 0.7 miles away); Elliott-Bester House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jonathan Hager House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Hager House and Museum (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hagerstown.
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