Confederate Rest

Confederate Rest (HM1MXE)

Location: Mobile, AL 36604 Mobile County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 40.496', W 88° 3.595'

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The Confederate Dead

In 1862, while Alabama was a State among the Confederate States of America suffering invasion by Union forces, the City of Mobile designed this Square 13 of Magnolia Cemetery as "Soldier's Res" for Confederate Patriots who were casualties of the resulting war.

There are 1,110 victims of war wounds or related disease known to be buried in Confederate Rest. Among them is an unknown sailor of the CSS Alabama whose remains were interred in 2007. Casualties of Regiments from throughout the South are buried here and the origins of a large number of the deceased are unknown.

After the forced dissolution of the Confederacy, women throughout the South took the lead in decorating the graves of the war dead and building of memorials. Mobile's ladies were no exception and the Confederate Memorial Association was founded in 1865.

The monument itself was originally topped by a figure representing a Confederate soldier. It was unveiled on April 27, 1874, by Admiral Raphael Semmes who commented "The statue is designed to perpetuate the memory of a band of gallant men, who perished in the greatest of modern wars, in obedience to the most powerful impulse that can move the human heart - the love of Liberty".

In 1931, the statue was shattered by lightning. The bust was saved and is mounted on its own pedestal in the center of the southern side of the Rest.

Deo Vindice
Raphael Semmes Camp 11
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Year Placed2010
Placed ByRaphael Semmes Camp 11, Sons of Confederate Veterans
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Date Added Sunday, August 16th, 2015 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 398469 N 3394056
Decimal Degrees30.67493333, -88.05991667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 40.496', W 88° 3.595'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 40' 29.76" N, 88° 3' 35.7" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)251
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 600-668 Gayle St, Mobile AL 36604, US
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