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City Cemetery–Confederate Cemetery

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1844, 1867, and later. Northwest corner of Washington Ave. and William St.

The city established a cemetery here in 1844. It received many new occupants after the Battle of Fredericksburg, and in 1867 the Confederate name was added. The iron Confederate Cemetery gate (1870), manufactured by the Scott and Bowering Foundry, is ornate, roundarched, and French in feeling. On the inside are rows of plain Confederate grave markers, and in the middle is the monument To the Confederate Dead (1874, Charles Cassell). An early example of such monuments, it has a massive base and corner columns that recall the work of Frank Furness. The size of the base makes the bronze statue of a Confederate soldier (cast by the Monumental Bridge Company, Bridgeport, Connecticut) on top appear diminutive.

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Richard Guy Wilson et al.
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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "City Cemetery–Confederate Cemetery", [Fredericksburg, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-01-FR59.

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