Saturday, March 7, 2015

Raleigh's Confederate Cemetery-- Part 2

In 1866 local women began to worry about the condition of the Confederate graves at Rock Quarry Cemetery and formed the Ladies memorial Association of Wake County.  Their mission was to locate a spot for a Confederate cemetery that would be "sacred to our heroic dead."

By February 1867, they had the plans for the first Confederate cemetery in the South.  Earlier in February, the North Carolina legislature had set aside funds for a monument to fallen soldiers to be erected in the new cemetery. Two and a half acres of land was acquired from Henry Mordecai and the massive task of reburying the Confederate dead began in late spring.

--Old Secesh

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