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Burial Places of Confederate Soldiers


Preface - page 9. Burial Places of Confederate Soldiers. Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information

   



The Legislature of Maryland at the following January session appropriated the sum of five thousand dollars to assist in carrying out the resolution of the Board.
At a meeting of the Trustees of the Cemetery held May 6th, 1868, the Superintendent reported that the unoccupied southern portion of the grounds was not sufficient for the burial of the Confederate dead, and recommended the purchase of additional grounds on the south side of the Cemetery. The Board resolved to make the purchase and a committee was appointed for that purpose.

The Board met the following month, June 17th, and adopted a resolution postponing all action with reference to the removal of the Confederate dead till the next meeting which was held on the 18th of November, when the question was again postponed till the annual meeting held December 9th, 1868.

At this meeting after discussing the question the Board resolved to continue the resolution postponing all action for the burial of the Confederate dead.

After the Board adjourned the Trustees for the State of Maryland addressed a communication to Governor Swann calling attention to the exposed and neglected condition of the Confederate dead, and informed the Governor that many of the trenches and graves were so washed that the bones were laid bare, and in some instance the remains had been turned over by the plow. They requested that some action be taken to protect the dead till they could be removed to a proper place of sepulture.

In consequence of the extreme illness of Governor Swann and his retiring from the Gubernatorial Chair, the communication was referred by him to his successor, Governor Bowie, who at once addressed a note to Thomas A. Boullt, Esq., of Hagerstown, Maryland, one of the Trustees for the State in the Antietam Cemetery, and requested him to employ agents to go over the battle field and mound up the trenches and graves, and to make careful notes of their location, and as far as poss -




ID:
wccs009

Creator:
Maryland. Board of Trustees of the Antietam National Cemetery

Date:
1869

Collection Location:
Washington County Free Library

Original Size:
14 x 22 cms

Subject:
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Registers of dead--Confederate side.

Coverage:
Maryland, 1862-1865

 
 
Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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