Burial Places of Confederate Soldiers
over the ashes of all who fell in the opposing ranks of McClellan and Lee, will have a common interest for descendants of those who died on either side, in that sad and memorable civil war.
I think therefore that the Trustees of the Antietam Cemetery, especially in view of the fact that the Southern States have not thus far been in a position to contribute to the general fund, should either set apart a sufficient plot of ground within the Cemetery walls for the burial of the Confederate dead, or make suitable arrangements for an enlargement of the present enclosure, if necessary, to the attainment of the end proposed. I would also recommend that the attention of the War Department be called to the subject; and I entertain no doubt that the Secretary will cheerfully co-operate in an object of so much interest.
Very truly yours,
E. B. FENTON
JOHN JAY, Esq., Special Commissioner, &c., New York.
After reading the above letter, Mr. Jay offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That in pursuance of the provision of the 4th section of the Act of Maryland, passed March 23d, 1865, incorporating the Antietam National Cemetery, this Board do now designate and set apart for the burial of the Confederate dead, who fell in the battle of Antietam, in the first invasion of Lee, the Southern portion of the grounds not occupied, and separate from the ground devoted to the burial of the Union dead.
With reference to that part of Governor Fenton's letter, which recommends "that the attention of the War Department be called to the subject,” Mr. Jay informed the Board, that in company with Col. Selleck, of Wisconsin, Chairman of the Executive Committee, he had called that morning on Gen. Grant, Secretary of War, and submitted to him the facts of the case; that Gen. Grant, after consulting with Gen. Schriver as to the powers of the Department, expressed his cordial approval of the fulfillment by the Trustees of the provisions of the Act, and his readiness to afford all the assistance in his power; regretting that no act of Congress conferred on the War Department any authority in the matter.
The resolution was then adopted by a vote of 7 to 2.
Maryland. Board of Trustees of the Antietam National Cemetery
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United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Registers of dead--Confederate side.