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.

Vandalized Stones Repaired

Repairs have been completed on 14 tombstones damaged by unknown vandals in September 207006. In addition to breaking and turning over stones, the vandals managed to overturn the tall pinnacles of several major stones.

Carroll Memorials, W. O. Grubb Crane Rental, Public Works Department of the City of Fredericksburg, the Matthew Fontaine Maury Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans joined forces to the complicated job…

W. O. Grubb’s crane was used from outside the wall to lift the heavy stones. Carroll Memorials repaired and reset the stones, some of which were badly broken. Both firms generously did this work at cost, a great saving to the Association. Members of the Matthew Fontaine Maury Camp, SCV, volunteered their services to help clean the stones before the repairs were made.

We are very grateful to all of the above for their help, and to the friends of the Cemetery who have made contributions for the repair of these stones. Thanks to the Virginia Division, United daughters of the Confederacy fro funds for this project from the Historic Resources Fund.

We also wish to express our thanks to Mike Witt who removed a large tree limb which fell during a summer storm. (No stones were damaged.)

Mike Witt Helps Again

Without being asked, Landscaper Mike Witt has come to the Cemetery’s aid again, just as he did in 2006.

Last year Mr. Witt, owner of A Cut Above Landscape and Tree Service, removed a huge rotting oak tree which endangered the Confederate soldiers’ stones.

This year he and his workmen cleared out dead and broken branches, cut hanging limbs from trees and removed piles of trash. Plans call for his work in the Cemetery to be featured in a national landscape magazine.

All of his work in the Cemetery has been done without charge.

We thank you, Mr. Witt!

 

The Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery Wall has been rebuilt!

Thanks to the generosity of over one-hundred individuals and organizations and the City of Fredericksburg, the Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery wall has been rebuilt.

The Confederate Cemetery wall was built in 1870 and made of bricks from houses destroyed during the Battle of Fredericksburg.

As a result of Hurricane Isabel in the autumn of 2003, eighty-five feet of the Cemetery’s wall fell, with an adjoining portion unstable.