Mobile in Mobile County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The Confederate Dead
In 1862, while Alabama was a State among the Confederate States of America suffering invasion by Union forces, the City of Mobile designed this Square 13 of Magnolia Cemetery as "Soldier's Rest" for Confederate Patriots who were casualties of the resulting war.
There are 1,110 victims of war wounds or related disease known to be buried in Confederate Rest. Among them is an unknown sailor of the CSS Alabama whose remains were interred in 2007. Casualties of Regiments from throughout the South are buried here and the origins of a large number of the deceased are unknown.
After the forced dissolution of the Confederacy, women throughout the South took the lead in decorating the graves of the war dead and building of memorials. Mobile's ladies were no exception and the Confederate Memorial Association was founded in 1865.
The monument itself was originally topped by a figure representing a Confederate soldier. It was unveiled on April 27, 1874, by Admiral Raphael Semmes who commented "The statue is designed to perpetuate the memory of a band of gallant men, who perished in the greatest of modern wars, in obedience to the most powerful impulse that can move the human heart - the love of Liberty".
In 1931, the statue was shattered by lightning. The bust was saved and is mounted on its own pedestal
Raphael Semmes Camp 11
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Erected 2010 by Raphael Semmes Camp 11, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Location. 30° 40.496′ N, 88° 3.595′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Gayle Street and Montgomery Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located at the Confederate section of Magnolia Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Mobile AL 36604, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Fort Blakely Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Battle of Coffeeville Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Mobile National Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Battle of Mobile Bay Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); CSS Alabama Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Crew of CSS H. L. Hunley Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Oakleigh (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Martin de Porres Hospital (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobile.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil •
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