“One of the most outstanding projects of the North Carolina Division, UDC, for the next two years, will be the erection of a (stone or marble) pavilion in the Confederate Cemetery of Raleigh as a memorial to more than twenty-five hundred soldiers of the Confederate army and navy who lie buried there. While this great project is being sponsored by the North Carolina Division, the Johnston Pettigrew Chapter, of Raleigh, of which Mrs. Alfred Williams is President, has undertaken to restore the cemetery to something like its original beauty.
Around this historic spot is woven much of the tragedy and beauty of the history of Raleigh and North Carolina during the days of the War Between the States. Among those buried there are Col. W.H.S. Burgwyn, Gen. George B. Anderson, Josiah Turner, and others whose names are linked with the Confederacy.
The pavilion will be 36x22 feet, and a frieze of tablets will be placed inside the cornice – one tablet for every war in which North Carolina has had a part – Revolutionary, Indian, War of 1812, Mexican, War Between the States, Spanish-American, and the World War. One tablet for the 124 dead removed from Gettysburg in 1871; one tablet for the 106 unknown dead [“We care not whence they came / Dear in their lifeless clay / whether unknown or known to fame / Their cause and country sill the same / They died—and wore the Gray”]; one tablet for the 108 dead removed from Arlington in 1883; and a tablet each for the eleven Southern States and the Confederate navy whose dead are buried there.
There are nearly 2,000 from North Carolina; 44 from Georgia; Alabama, 8; Mississippi, 8; Virginia, 8; Florida, 2; Arkansas, 1; Tennessee, 2; Texas, 1; Louisiana, 1, and three from the Confederate navy. Kentucky is the only Southern State that has no soldier buried there, but Kentucky will be honored by a tablet, so that for all time to come Kentucky will be represented there as a Southern State. There will be a tablet for every county in the State of North Carolina, giving the number of soldiers who enlisted from that county, and the number of those killed, thereby making a record for future generations.
In one gable will be the seal of the Confederacy, together with the flags of the Confederacy, all in colors; while in the other gable will be the seal of the State of North Carolina and the North Carolina flag, together with the United States flag.
The architecture of the contemplated pavilion with the same as that of our State Capitol building, which is nationally-known as one of the most beautiful State Capitol buildings of Colonial architecture. North Carolina is proud to erect such a wonderful memorial to her Confederate dead.”
(Confederate Veteran, April 1930, pp. 136-137)
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