Burial Places of Confederate Soldiers
by other Slates, namely:-—New York, Indiana, Connecticut, New Jersey, Minnesota, Maine, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Vermont, West Virginia, and Massachusetts; which States are represented by Trustees appointed by their respective Governors, and who with those representing Maryland, constitute the Corporation.
The Federal dead to the number of nearly five thousand, having been removed to the Cemetery, Mr. Boullt, of Maryland, at a meeting of the Trustees, held on the 7th of December, 1867 called attention to the 4th section of the charter of the Association which makes it the duty of the Trustees to remove the remains of the Confederate soldiers who fell in the battle of Antietam, and requested that some action be taken to carry into effect the provisions of the charter in this behalf; upon which subject John Jay, Esq., Trustee for New York, asked and obtained permission to read the following communication from Governor Fenton, which was ordered to be entered among the proceedings of the Board:
State of New York, Executive Department,
Albany, December 3d, 1867
In regard to the payment the balance of $1000 still remaining unpaid of the ten thousand dollars appropriated by this State, I beg leave to remark, that since my note to you of the 23d October, directing the Commissioner to pay the money in his discretion, my attention has been drawn to the question of the right to have the Confederate dead buried in the Antietam Cemetery, and that I regard the matter as entitled to the gravest attention.
The appropriation of ten thousand dollars was made by our Legislature in these words- : "for a contribution to the fund for a National Cemetery at Antietam, to be paid on the certificate of the Governor to the person authorized to receive the same.” There is nothing in the Legislation of this State that either restricts or enlarges the purpose of the appropriation. It is simply declared to be a contribution to the future for a National Cemetery at Antietam. We are remitted to the original act establishing the Cemetery passed by the State of Maryland. That act passed March 23d, 1865, recites in the preamble that under a former law
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.