From a marker some distance east of the monument:

The Confederate dead here buried in concentric trenches were all private soldiers.

The monument to their memory is of Georgia granite, stands forty feet from the ground to the top of statue and was erected in July 1893 with funds mainly subscribed by liberal citizens of Chicago and camps of the United Confederate Veterans.

The bronze panels of the pedestal die represent:
On the East face - THE CALL TO ARMS;
On the West face - A VETERAN'S RETURN HOME;
And On the South face - A SOLDIER'S DEATH DREAM;

The bronze statue surmounting the battlemented cap of the column is a realistic representation of a Confederate infantry soldier after the surrender. The face expresses sorrow for the thousands of prison dead interred beneath.

The cannon, shot and shell ornamenting this Government lot in which both Union and Confederate dead are buried were purchased by the War Department under authority of an Act of Congress approved January 25th 1893.


The Names of the Confederate Dead

Around the base of the monument are bronze tablets with the name and unit of every Confederate buried here. I am often asked for those names, by descendants, or by members of historical societies in the South, yet there was no easy way to look them up.

To that end, I have photographed each of the tablets and placed the original high-resolution photos on this site. They are about 2.5MB in size, but show most of the names very clearly.


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