Confederate graves in the Wilderness: reminders of the battle of May 5-6, 1864.|
Graves of Federal soldiers: near Burnside's bridge on the battlefield of Antietam |
The cemetery at Antietam
, not far from the scene of the photograph above, taken soon after the battle on September 16-17, 1862, contains the graves of 4,684 soldiers, of which 1,829 are marked ‘unknown.’
Even a frail memorial like the one at the grave of the Georgia Volunteer usually fails to record the native heath of him who lies below, or to give any clue to the campaigns in which he fought.
These soldiers, like their companions under the hemlocks in the Wilderness
, must await the call of the judgment day. The Hollywood cemetery
contains a larger host.
Eighteen thousand Confederate veterans there sleep in everlasting peace amid beautiful surroundings.
Around them lie many of Virginia
's famous sons, generation after generation of loved and honored names.