Confederate Soldiers Rest

Confederate Soldiers Rest (HMYU8)

Location: Memphis, TN 38126 Shelby County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 7.397', W 90° 1.595'

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Confederate Soldiers Rest is located in the Fowler Section of Historic Elmwood Cemetery. Over 1000 Confederate Soldiers and Veterans are buried here. An article in The Memphis Daily Appeal on 27 June 1861 stated that this plot was dedicated to the Southern Mothers' Society. A second article dated 25 September 1861 stated "This Company, at the commencement of the war, very liberally donated and set apart a lot of ground for the purpose of burying, free of charge, all soldiers who may die honorably in defense of our liberties. In the center of the lot is a circle of twelve feet in diameter, for the erection of a monument, which our patriotic citizen will no doubt raise to the memory of the brave soldiers who have fallen in defense of our Country". The first soldier buried in Confederate Rest was William Thomas Gallagher in lot 159, Fowler Section, Grave 20 on 17 June 1861 barely a month after the war began. The last burial was of Confederate Veteran John Frank Gunter on 01 April 1940. In 1886 the Confederate Historical Association collected funds and 945 numbered headstones were placed at the head of each grave.

While going through old cemetery records years later a small notebook was discovered that contained the names and matching headstones numbers of these 945. It was now possible to identify the exact spot where a specific soldier or veteran was buried as well as the date of his burial and his confederate unit.
Confederate Monument
The monument in Confederate Soldiers Rest was unveiled on 05 June 1878. A crowd of almost 5000 people was in attendance at the dedication. Plans for the Monument were originally begun by the Ladies Confederate Memorial Association, later known as the Confederate Historical Association. The $5000 cost of the Monument was raised by a committee chaired by N. B. Forrest. On the front of the monument are the words "Confederate Dead". On the back of the monument is the following inscription: "Illis Victoriam Non Immortatitatem Fata Negaverunt" which translated: "The Fates Which Refused Them Victory Did Not Deny Them Immortality".
HM NumberHMYU8
Series This marker is part of the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series
Year Placed2006
Placed ByN. B. Forrest Camp 215, Sons of Confederate Veterans
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 3:26pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 770963 N 3890762
Decimal Degrees35.12328333, -90.02658333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 7.397', W 90° 1.595'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 7' 23.82" N, 90° 1' 35.70" W
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Area Code(s)901
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 38 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Expy, Memphis TN 38126, US
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