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Marietta Confederate Cemetery

Between Marietta City Cemetery and Brown Park sits the Marietta Confederate Cemetery. Marietta Confederate Cemetery is the original resting site for 20 Confederate troops killed in a railway crash north of town in 1863. The cemetery subsequently became the last resting place for approximately 3,000 Confederate troops who died elsewhere were retrieved and reburied there after the Civil War. Their wooden markers had deteriorated by 1902, and many names had been lost. Plain marble markers were replaced. This is the ultimate resting site for Confederate troops from surrounding hospitals and the Atlanta Campaign battles of Kolb’s Farm and Kennesaw Mountain, which took place around Marietta. The first idea to bury Confederate dead beside fallen Union troops in the Marietta National Cemetery was turned down because Marietta leaders did not want Confederate dead buried among Yankee dead. Marietta Confederate Cemetery is located on a hill overlooking the city square from the south, adjacent to the older Marietta City Cemetery. Marietta Confederate Cemetery stands on the site of a previous Baptist church that was transferred to a new position near downtown Marietta. John Glover, Marietta’s first mayor, purchased the land. His wife, Jane Glover, formally donated the site to the “Memorial Association” in 1867, although the city had been using it to bury Confederate war dead over four years(1863) with Glover’s approval. Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia each have a marble monument commemorating the portion in which their troops are buried. The State of Georgia gave a 6-pound field gun to the Georgia Military Institute (in Marietta), which was deployed in the war and seized by Union soldiers near Savannah. It was later discovered in a New York armory and has the Latin inscription “Victrix Fortunae Sapientia,” which means “knowledge, the Victor over Fortune.” It is now displayed in the cemetery. The Confederate Cemetery has suffered over time. The Confederate Cemetery, unlike the adjoining National Cemetery, had to rely on contributions, primarily from Marietta residents. Over time, the area deteriorated. Over the last two decades, however, numerous repairs and renovations have been undertaken owing to the efforts of several local organizations, restoring the cemetery to its former beauty. The cemetery was owned by the Ladies’ Memorial Association, and the Kennesaw Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy assisted with its upkeep for many years. The Marietta Confederate Cemetery Foundation and Friends of Brown Park, Inc. are now dedicated to the cemetery’s preservation. It’s also worth noting that the cemetery is regarded as a hallowed site in the city.

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