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Washington in Beaufort County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Oakdale Cemetery

To Our Confederate Dead

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By Don Morfe, August 14, 2014
1. Oakdale Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  After the Civil War, women’s associations throughout the South sought to gather the Confederate dead from battlefield burial sites and reinter the remains in proper cemeteries, while Confederate monuments were erected in courthouse squares and other public places. A monument titled “To Our Confederate Dead” was unveiled on Confederate Memorial Day, May 10, 1888, at Washington’s Monument Park (then located at the corner of Water and Monumental Streets). Exactly ten years later, the memorial was relocated to Oakdale Cemetery. The monument was dedicated to “The Private Soldier” and modeled after Capt. Thomas M. Allen, Co. E, (Southern Guards), 4th North Carolina Infantry. Allen, captured at Gettysburg, Pa., in July 1863, was among 600 officers transferred from Fort Delaware to Morris Island, S.C., in August 1864, to be confined in front of the Union batteries during the siege of Charleston. Allen and most of the offices eventually were returned to Fort Delaware and released after the war, becoming known as the “Immortal 600.”

On January 17, 1897, here in Oakdale Cemetery, the Ladies Memorial Association
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By Don Morfe, August 14, 2014
2. Oakdale Cemetery Marker
of Beaufort County reburied 17 Confederates killed during the September 6, 1862, Battle of Washington. The Children of the Confederacy dedicated the monument at the cemetery’s southwest entrance on May 10, 1905. On May 10, 1975, the Confederate cannon was placed in memory of Edmond Hoyt Harding by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The Pamlico Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy has conducted annual Memorial Day celebrations from 1883 to the present. The old veterans marched from Washington to the monument until the last one, J.D. Paul, died in 1938.

(left) Wilson T. Farrow served in Co. H, 33rd North Carolina Infantry Regiment as 1st Lt. He is buried in Oakdale Cemetery.
(right) Reverend Nathaniel Harding enlisted on August 20, 1864, at age 17 as a private in Co. I, 67th Regiment N.C. Troops, also known as Co. I, Whitford’s Battalion N.C., Partisan Rangers. According to his family, while serving near Plymouth, N.C., he fell in a creek while weighted down with equipment and was pulled to safety by a Union officer who took him under his wing. After the war, Harding was educated at the Episcopal Academy, Cheshire, Conn., and Trinity College, Hartford, Conn. He became a deacon in 1873 and a priest in 1875. From 1873 until his death in 1917, he spent his ministry a St. Peter’s Episcopal Church here in Washington. He is buried
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By Don Morfe, August 14, 2014
3. Oakdale Cemetery-Memorial to Soldiers in Defense of Washington
Erected May 10, 1905 by Washington Gray Chapter Children of the Confederacy, organized in 1897 by Margaret Arthur Call. To the memory of 17 soldiers killed in defense of Washington Sept. 6, 1862.
in Oakdale Cemetery.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
Location. 35° 33.336′ N, 77° 2.73′ W. Marker is in Washington, North Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is at the intersection of North Market Street (County Route 1516) and East 15th Street, on the right when traveling north on North Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington NC 27889, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. John the Evangelist Church (approx. one mile away); DeMille Family (approx. one mile away); Burning Of Washington (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dr. Susan Dimock (approx. 1.1 miles away); John Gray Blount (approx. 1.1 miles away); Josephus Daniels (approx. 1.1 miles away); Daniel G. Fowle (approx. 1.1 miles away); African Americans Defend Washington (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
Oakdale Cemetery-Confederate Monument image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 14, 2014
4. Oakdale Cemetery-Confederate Monument
To our Confederate Dead 1861-1865

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 433 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 6, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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