Monday, March 9, 2015

Raleigh's Confederate Cemetery-- Part 3

The bodies of over 400 Confederates were disinterred from the Rock Quarry Cemetery.  Over the years, numerous dead in the Raleigh area were relocated to Oakwood Cemetery's Confederate section.  Even soldiers from far away were brought to this final resting place.  One hundred and thirty-seven Confederates were brought in from Gettysburg in 1971 and 107 from Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia in 1883.

The North Carolina legislature appropriated funds and land was donated on the corner of New Bern Avenue and Tarboro Road on February 16, 1891, for a Confederate Soldiers Home.  This was the former site of Pettigrew Hospital.

Oakwood's Confederate Section was maintained by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Sons of Confederate Veterans took over in the 1980s.

--Old Secesh

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