Happy New Year!

Happy new year to all our visitors and supporters of the Cemetery. We’d like to say thank you to the following organizations and individuals who have worked so hard donating their time and money toward the upkeep of the Cemetery.

First, we’d like to thank the Order of the Southern Cross for their recent funding. The funding will allow us to complete the replacement of 6 Confederate stones with flush markers and fund our annual Saturday night Luminaries on Memorial Day weekend.

Thank you to the Ann Page Garden Club for the beautiful decorations on the gate at Christmas.

Thank you to the Sons of Confederate Veterans Matthew Fontaine Maury Camp for the beautiful wreaths on the soldiers graves.

And a big thank-you to Anne Little of Tree Fredericksburg for the fall clean up in the Cemetery.

New flat markers

The Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg, Va installed 12 flat markers in place of Confederate stones that were illegible or broken due to age.

Cemetery Receives Grants

Recently, The Confederate Cemetery received 2 grants. The Society of the Order of the Southern Cross donated funds to replace 6 soldiers’ stones with flat markers.  These stones were illegible due to age and weather.  The grant also covered the repainting of all the railings and fences.

The Duff McDuff Green Jr Fund of the Community Foundation donated funds to start our Generals Plaques Project.  This will allow us to mark 2 of the 5 Generals who are located in our Cemetery. We will, with the help of the Mathew Fontaine Maury Camp 1722, mark each grave with granite pictorial markers and a short description of their Confederate service along with their post war contributions to the Fredericksburg area.  This will be an ongoing project.

We continue to take care of the Cemetery.  We have added many trees from our previous grants program which enhance this peaceful place.

Cemetery clean-up

Our thanks goes out to Anne Little and Tree Fredericksburg, Va, for cleaning up the cemetery last week and for all their help with the Cemetery Tree Program.

With their help we have now replaced trees which have been lost over the years.

Grant request approved

The Duff Green Foundation of the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region funded our grant request of $3310.  These funds will be used to mark the 14 sections of the cemetery with flat stone markers  to identify the sections.  There are no markers now so this will be very helpful in finding graves.

The funds will be also be used to identify and explain the mammoth shell which sits in the cemetery. This representation of a mammoth shell was originally on top of the Confederate Monument in the Cemetery completed in June of 1881.  In 1891, the bronze confederate soldier statue was crowned the apex of the momument and the shell was placed in the cemetery.

Fundraising Efforts

In May of 2014 The LMA participated in the Community Give.  This was a day of giving to local charities and encompassed the whole Fredericksburg Region.  The LMA raised $1075.00.  These funds were raised to go towards the Marker Replacement Program.

In June  of 2014 we applied for a grant from The Order of The Southern Cross. Founded originally in 1863 as an organization to provide for the relief of disabled soldiers and the widows and orphans of those who had died in service to the Confederacy, today the Order of the Southern Cross serves as a philanthropic organization whose purpose is the preservation of our Southern heritage and its history. In September we received a grant of $995 to go toward the Marker Replacement Program.  With these funds we will be able to replace 6 more soldiers’ stones.  The LMA is so very appreciative of all of our donors.  

Marker Replacement Program

marker-replacementThe Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg, VA, donated $1500 to be used for the Marker Replacement Program and the general upkeep of the cemetery. Founded in 1957, The Round Table is one of the oldest in the nation. They couldn’t ask for a better location: four major battles of the Civil War were fought within 20 miles of Fredericksburg. The group of about 100 members meets once each month for a catered dinner followed by the presentation of a Civil War topic by a guest speaker – frequently a nationally-known author.

The replacement program started several years ago by the CWRT. They research the oldest civil war soldiers stones which are either broken beyond repair and or illegible . Then they order replacement flush markers to identify the soldiers. It has been a great help to the LMA. They do the installation themselves and the LMA is so very appreciative.

It’s a monumental occasion

SESQUICENTENNIAL >> THOUSANDS ATTEND BATTLE RE-ENACTMENTS

BY KATIE THISDELL AND CLINT SCHEMMER
The Free Lance-Star

No photographer captured the carnage of the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862.

This time around, 150 years later, thousands of spectators left with photos of the action and aftermath.

One was Kathy Boyer, of Philadelphia. In period garb, with a hoop skirt, she held up a pink iPad to snap a picture of Confederate re-enactors gathering Saturday afternoon on Trench Hill above Sunken Road.

Boyer and her husband, Dan, a big believer in states’ rights, joined the 44th Georgia Infantry Regiment re-enactment unit in August.

“It’s a monumental occasion,” Boyer, who brought her two children, a full picnic basket and her Southern hospitality, said of the battle’s sesquicentennial. “It’s not going to happen again.”

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Groups Give Tributes on Memorial Day

Area groups remember on Memorial Day

BY KATIE THISDELL and LIANA BAYNE
The Free Lance-Star

Groups throughout Fredericksburg observed Memorial Day with ceremonies Monday at cemeteries and historic sites.

Shade from trees and light breezes were welcome relief for participants and attendees as a heat advisory was in effect for the day.

Young and old honored and remembered those who died during the country’s wars, from the founding of America to the current War on Terror.

Confederate Cemetery

Dressed in Confederate attire, 5-year-old Jackson Schenemann watched as re-enactors marched through the Confederate Cemetery.

Jackson’s ancestors on both sides fought for the South during the Civil War and one is buried at the cemetery, though Jackson’s family has not found his grave marker.

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