Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Visit to Marietta's Confederate Cemetery Part 2

The Confederate Cemetery in Marietta is sectioned by the states from whence the soldiers came including all the states of the Confederacy and in addition Maryland, Kentucky and Missouri.  One section established in 1928 was dedicated to veterans who died who were residents of the Confederate Veterans Home there in Marietta. Each section of the cemetery has a granite monument which provides the dates of the War, the respective state and, the number of Confederate heroes from that state laid to rest there. 
"1861-1865, Alabama, Heroes 269"
The final burial in the Marietta Confederate Cemetery in June of 1936 was that of Bill Yopp, a black Confederate veteran who followed his master Captain Thomas M. Yopp to war in the GA 14th Infantry Regiment.  Twice Bill nursed his master back to health during the War and they surrendered at Appomattox.  Bill remained devoted to Thomas even after the War til they were both residents of the Confederate Veterans Home at the time of their deaths. Bill was a member of the United Confederate Veterans and was buried with full military honors.  The cemetery by that time was the largest Confederate cemetery south of Richmond VA. 
Marietta Cemetery Markers for the Florida and Confederate Veterans Home Sections
One of the most impressive displays at the cemetery was that of the "Little Cannon" which was used at the Georgia Military Institute between 1862 and 1864.  It was then used by Confederate troops before being captured by Sherman's forces near Savannah in 1864.  It was held as a trophy until 1910 when it was returned by the U.S. government to the Marietta Confederate Cemetery.  The cannon was refurbished and placed in it's current display by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. It overlooks the South Carolina section of the cemetery and faces old downtown Marietta.
The "Little Cannon"

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