Confederate Memorial Park - Cleburne, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX
N 32° 20.759 W 097° 22.363
14S E 653133 N 3579950
Quick Description: Gray granite arch next to the entrance to the Cemetery.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 6/15/2018 1:23:30 PM
Waymark Code: WMYH08
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
Views: 3

Long Description:
City of Cleburne

Cleburne Memorial Cemetery was the third cemetery in Cleburne. A new cemetery was needed because the first cemetery was full and the second proved to be unsuitable for burials due to a formation of limestone some 50 feet thick underlying the location. In 1873, B.J. Chambers, a prominent Cleburne settler, donated one acre of land for the reburial of bodies. In 1876, five more acres were donated by Jeremiah Easterwood and Chambers donated another 10 acres. While many bodies were moved to the new location, some families objected to this practice and some bodies still remain beneath the homes and streets of Cleburne.

In 1894, C.Y. and Ann Kouns donated another tract of land for the cemetery to establish a Confederate Park for use by the Pat Cleburne Camp No. 88, United Confederate Veterans and their descendants.

In 1922, "The Confederate Memorial Park Committee" was formed. Its intent was to create a tribute to the Confederate cause by erecting a memorial arch and by cutting roadways through the park in a manner to "carry out the design of the Confederate battle flag." By June of 1922, the construction of the memorial arch was complete and two roadways were cut.

Although the arch still stands today, the cemetery is not laid out in the design of the Confederate battle flag. However, some 278 Confederate soldiers and seven Union soldiers are buried in the cemetery. Veterans of other wars are also laid to rest in Memorial Cemetery. There is a pauper's section of the cemetery and many of those graves are unmarked and the number of graves is unknown. More than 20,000 people are interred in this cemetery and there are many unidentified graves. The cemetery is still in use today.

Type: Triumphal (Monument/Memorial)

Subtype: Memorial

Location: Cleburne Memorial Park Cemetery

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