Saturday, June 13, 2009

The City Cemetery Gate
On May 10, 1866 the Ladies Memorial Association of Fredericksburg was formed to take care of the graves of Confederate soldiers killed in the four major battles fought in the area. A section of the City Cemetery was dedicated in May 1870 as the final resting place of 3,553 men from 14 states. The organization continues its mission today taking care of the grounds and hosting a ceremony here every Memorial Day.
An ongoing mystery in the City involves another iron gate which was placed at the entrance of Hurkamp Park located only a few blocks from this site. No one has yet been able to determine when and why it was removed. I hope to solve this mystery when my life becomes a little less hectic.

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