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  • Monument Name

    Gen. George Burgwyn Anderson Monument, Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh

  • Type

    Obelisk

  • Subjects

    Historic Military Figures

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • Creator

    A. Packie and Son, Stonecutters, Baltimore, MD., Builder

  • City

    Raleigh

  • County

    Wake

  • Description

    The marble monument to General George Burgwyn Anderson is an obelisk standing on a three tier base sitting on a rock and concrete foundation. Inscriptions appear on the south and north face of the obelisk. In relief on the east face is a sword incised in a decorative scabbard. In relief on the west face appears a furled Confederate battle flag.

    Images: South face inscription | North face inscription | Confederate battle flag | Sword | Signature of stone cutters

  • Inscription

    South Face: GEO. B. ANDERSON / BRIGADIER GENERAL / CONFEDERATE STATES / ARMY / BORN APRIL 12th, 1831. / DIED OCTOBER 16TH, 1862 / OF A WOUND RECEIVED / AT THE BATTLE / SHARPSBURG

    North Face: SEVEN PINES. / MECHANICSVILLE. / COLD HARBOR. / MALVERN HILL. / SOUTH MOUNTAIN. / SHARPSBURG.

    West Face, beneath furled flag: ANDERSON

  • Custodian

    Oakwood Cemetery

  • Dedication Date

    Erected in May, 1868

  • Decade

    1860s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.785550 , -78.627380 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Special Format Image 0129: Monument to General Anderson (Oakwood Cemetery), circa 1872-1873," in the Rufus Morgan Photographic Collection #P0057, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (accessed November 6, 2015) Link

      The Wilmington Morning Star (Wilmington, NC), May 21, 1868, 2

      Historic Oakwood Cemetery, http://historicoakwoodcemetery.org (accessed May 19, 2015) Link

      Wert, Jeffry D. "Anderson, George Burgwyn. 12 Apr. 1831–16 Oct. 1862," NCPedia.org, (accessed November 6, 2015) Link

      “Anderson,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed October 25, 2015) Link

      “George Burgwyn Anderson,” Find A Grave, (accessed October 16, 2015) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Marble

  • Subject Notes

    General Anderson was wounded at the battle of Sharpsburg (Antietem) in Maryland on September 17, 1862. This was the bloodiest single day of combat during the Civil War. After the battle Anderson was carried to Richmond and then to Raleigh where he had a foot amputated on October 15th. He died of shock the next day.

    Historic Oakwood Cemetery was founded in 1869 in North Carolina's capital, Raleigh, near the North Carolina State Capitol in the city's Historic Oakwood neighborhood. Annual Confederate Memorial Day services are held at the Oakwood Cemetery each May.

  • Location

    The memorial is located in Historic Oakwood Cemetery, at 701 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27601, in Confederate section. The Memorial Arch, House of Memory, Confederate Monument, Memorial Wall, Gettysburg Memorial, Colonel McLeod Turner Monument, Col. Burgwyn Monument, CSS H.L. Hunley Submarine Memorial, Randolph Shotwell Memorial, Arlington Dead Marker and the Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker stand in the same section of the Oakwood Cemetery. Outside the Confederate section are memorials to Worth Bagley and William Ruffin Cox.

  • Landscape

    The memorial is surrounded by grave markers and monuments.

  • Death Space

    Yes

  • Post Dedication Use

    The Oakwood Cemetery continues to serve for Confederate Memorial Services each Memorial Day.

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