Ladies Memorial Association (p. 2), 1891
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CEDAR GROVE CEMETERY.
The entrance is through a massive archway of conglomerate shell rock, and from the arch is a constant dripping of water, as if it were tears being shed for the dead. On all sides are handsome and costly monuments. Immediately in front of the main entrance on a swelling knoll is a monument erected by the Ladies' Memorial Association of Newbern to the memory of "OUR DEAD."
This monument consists of a large block of granite for its base, and on it large blocks of marble, which is surmounted by a lifesize statue of a Confederate soldier "at rest" on his musket. Beneath the monument in a large tomb are the remains of many of the Confederate soldiers who were killed in battle around Newbern, or who died in the hospitals. These remains were gathered under the auspices of the Memorial Association, over which the late Mrs. Elizabeth B. Daves presided, and placed in the tomb. On the 10th of May of each succeeding year our people, together with large numbers from the surrounding counties, assemble to pay their tribute of respect to the memory of our dead. After prayer, an address, and other appropriate services, we wend our way under the strain of solemn music to the cemetery. There, assembled around the tomb--"Tread lightly--'tis a soldier's grave."
lightly-for these men bequeathed,
And after appropriate services, and amid solemn music, the mound is banked with flowers. Yes,
graves with choicest of flowers,
Although never neglected, yet on the 10th of May, memorable as the anniversary of the death of the lamented Stonewall Jackson, these soldiers sleep under a bank of flowers. There they rest--
eternal camping ground
"Yes, give me
the land where the ruins are spread,
Newbern, N. C. WM. H. OLIVER.
Images scanned by John B. Green, III. Text prepared by
John B. Green, III and Victor T. Jones, Jr.
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