Oakland Cemetery Confederate Memorial Obelisk - Atlanta, GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc
N 33° 44.875 W 084° 22.327
16S E 743426 N 3737308
Quick Description: A large portion of the grounds is home to memorials to and graves of Confederate Soldiers.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 2/19/2007 1:00:20 PM
Waymark Code: WM1849
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member showbizkid
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Long Description:
This section is the final resting place for approximately 6,900 Confederate soldiers including 3,000 unknowns. Through much of the Civil War, Atlanta hospitals overflowed with men wounded in battles to the north. The largest cluster of wartime hospitals was within half a mile of the cemetery. As fighting moved closer to Atlanta and deaths mounted. Land adjacent to the Cemetery was secured as a Confederate burial ground. After the war, several thousand soldiers who had fallen in the Atlanta campaign were moved from battlefield graves to Oakland.

Approaching this area from the main gate, the Confederate Obelisk provides an orienting landmark. The 65-foot monument, made of Stone Mountain granite, was dedicated in 1874 as a project of the Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association. For years it was the tallest structure in the city.

Marked military graves occupy a large central rectangle south of the Obelisk. Included are the headstones of 16 Union soldiers who died in local hospitals. Another area of marked Confederate graves lies along Oakland’s southern wall. Northeast of the Obelisk, the unknowns are guarded by the “Lion of Atlanta.” Modeled after the Swiss “Lion of Lucerne.” The Lion was carved in 1894 from the largest block of marble quarried in Georgia up to that time. For the nameless soldiers, the dying lion rests on the flag they followed and “guards their dust,” in the words of a commemorative poem.

To the northwest of the obelisk, three Confederate generals are buried: John Brown Gordon; Alfred Iverson, Jr.; Clement Anselm Evans. Generals Lucius Gartrell and William Stephen Walker are buried on family plots.

An annual memorial service takes place in this section on Confederate Memorial Day, April 26th.
Date Installed or Dedicated: 01/01/1874

Name of Government Entity or Private Organization that built the monument: Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association

Union, Confederate or Other Monument: Confederate

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