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  • Monument Name

    Artillery Monument, Raleigh National Cemetery

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    A large cast-iron seacoast cannon, set upright on a stone base. Upon it rests a shield shaped plaque which lists the number of known and unknown dead at the cemetery. These plaques were placed in National Cemeteries in the 1870s.

  • Inscription

    Inscription on plaque: United States / NATIONAL MILITARY CEMETERY / RALEIGH. / ESTABLISHED 1866. / INTERMENTS 1161 / KNOWN 648 / UNKNOWN 513

  • Custodian

    Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Dedication Date

    Donated in late 1890’s

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.774330 , -78.620660 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Raleigh National Cemetery,", (accessed, February 15, 2012) Link

      “Raleigh National Cemetery,” U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, (accessed September 28, 2017) Link

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Cast-iron, stone

  • Location

    The memorial is placed in the Raleigh National Cemetery located at 501 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh, NC 27610. Bivouac of the Dead and Gettysburg Address plaques are also in the cemetery.

  • Landscape

    The monument is located in the grass-covered grounds of the cemetery surrounded by rows of small white grave markers.

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