Confederate Monument, Rose Hill Cemetery
American Civil War, 1861-1865
Rose Hill Cemetery, Cumberland, Maryland
Although erected almost fifty years after the close of the Civil War, Cumberland was still one of the first cities in Maryland to erect a monument in honor of the Confederate dead. This monument to the "Unknown Confederate Dead" was "erected by the Ladies of Cumberland, Maryland in 1912 to the heroes who died fighting for the lost cause." A tablet on the monument reads as follows:
This tablet was placed on the monument by the United States to mark the burial place of six Confederate soldiers who died at Clarysville, Maryland while prisoners of war, and whose remains were there buried, but subsequently removed to this lot where the individual graves cannot now be identified. And the names of the dead are:
Allen Brown, Co. C, 57 Reg. N.C. (died October 11, 1864)
H.W. Fullenwider, 2 Lt., Co. E, 23 Reg. N.C. (died July 29, 1864)
N.H. Gilbert, Sgt., Co. F, 58 Reg. VA. (died August 9, 1864)
Watson M. Ramsey, Co. F, 58 Reg. VA. (died August 7, 1864)
John A. Smith, Co. E, 52 Reg. VA. (died August 1, 1864)
Joel R. Stow, Co. A, 8 Tenn. Cav. (died April 8, 1865)
Also interred at the Monument were the remains of three other Confederate soldiers (one unknown), two of whom died at the Battle of Folck's Mill on August 1, 1864. The burial vault was prepared under the auspices of James Breathed Camp of the United Confederate Veterans.
Photograph by Albert L. Feldstein
A striking evidence that brave men, no matter where they die, are never forgotten by those who have suffered for the same cause was brought before the people of Cumberland, Md., on October 23, 1900. For many years the veterans of Cumberland looked forward to a time when they should gather the remains of their old comrades buried in obscure places in the community, and lay them to rest in a place secure from any future possibility of removal. The James Breathed Camp, of Cumberland, took the matter up, and the burial services of October 23 was a tender closing scene to their labor of love. The sacred ceremony of interment was most imposing. Gray-bearded veterans stood with uncovered heads around the carefully erected brick vault, and their demeanor told more plainly than words that their respect for the sacred ashes was as great as had been their love for the living when they had marched side by side to the drum beat.
Following is a list of those interred : H. W. Fuldenwider, second lieutenant Company E, Twenty-Third North Carolina Infantry, died July 29, 1864; John A. Smith, Company F, Fifty-Second Virginia Infantry, died August 1, 1864; Watson M. Ramsay, Company F, Twenty-Third Virginia Infantry, died August 7, 1864; Nicholas A. Gilbert, sergeant Company F, Fifty Eighth Virginia Infantry, died August 9, 1864; Allen Brown, Company C, Thirty Seventh North Carolina Infantry died October 1, 1864; Joel R. Stow. Company A, Eighth Tennessee Cavalry, died April 8, 1865. The above were disinterred at Clarysville. The others were Charles Wagner, disinterred at Pollock's farm. James O. Choen, an unknown soldier, the latter two having been disinterred at Folck's Mill.
Confederate veteran, volume 9, 1901, Nashville, Tenn. : [S.A. Cunningham]
Allegany County, Maryland
African Americans, History; Allegany County (Md.), History.
Allegany County (Md.), 1890-2008