Establishment of Washington Confederate Cemetery - Chapter 213 of Acts of 1870
Act to establish the Washington Cemetery for the burial of Confederates, who fell in the battles of Antietam, South Mountain, Monocacy, and other points in the State of Maryland, or who died from wounds received in said battles, and also those who fell in the battle of Gettysburg, in the State of Pennsylvania.
Chapter 213 of the Acts of 1870, State of Maryland
AN ACT to repeal an Act passed March seventh, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, entitled, An Act to appropriate a sum of money to he expended in removing the remains of the Confederate dead who fell in the battles of South Mountain, Crampton’s Gap, Antietam and Monocacy.
Whereas, By an Act of the General Assembly of Maryland, passed January session, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, the sum of five thousand dollars was appropriated to the removal and burial of the Confederate dead who fell in the battles of Antietam, Crampton's Gap, and South Mountain and Monocacy, in the Antietam National Cemetery; and whereas, the said appropriation so made is yet unappropriated, by reason of the persistent refusal of the trustees of said "Antietam National Cemetery" to allow the remains of said confederate soldiers to be interred therein; and inasmuch as the provisions of said Act of eighteen hundred and sixty-eight cannot be carried out otherwise than by a repeal and re-enactment of said Act of eighteen hundred and sixty eight,
therefore, be it enacted
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Maryland, That Chapter one hundred and four, of the Acts of eighteen hundred and sixty-eight be and the same is hereby repealed, and the following enacted in lieu thereof:
Sec. 2. And be it enacted, That a portion of ground, not exceeding ten acres, to be located within one mile of Hagerstown, be purchased, enclosed and devoted in perpetuity for the purpose of the burial and final resting place of the remains of the Confederate dead, and all other of both armies in the late war, who fell in the battles of Antietam, South Mountain, Monocacy, and other points in the State of Maryland, or who died from wounds received in said battles,
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State of Maryland
This Act established the Washington Cemetery. It was later amended to add more money from the State of Maryland to complete the transfer of bodies.
Western Maryland Room, WCFL
Maryland, History, Civil War, 1861-1865, Registers of dead; Cemeteries, Maryland, Washington County; Confederate States of America, Army, Maryland.
Washington and Frederick Counties (Md.), 1868