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History of Antietam National Cemetery (page 17)

Union soldiers, Battle of Antietam. Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


to the sum of $15,000. During this winter appropriations from other States were made, so that the amount of funds appropriated to the 1st day of August, A. D. 1866, amounted in round numbers to $30,000. Other States interested continued, from time to time, to make their appropriations, so that the treasury has, ever since 1866, been in a condition to promptly discharge all its financial obligations, and to leave a surplus therein.

Whilst in one or two instances a State has failed to make the full amount of its appropriation to correspond to its apportionment, and in three instances no appropriation whatever has been made; in another instance the generous liberality of one has more than compensated for the deficiencies in the former. Doubtless, were it found necessary for the States referred to, to supply the deficiencies in the apportionment of their respective amounts, they would unhesitatingly and cheerfully do so. In the instances referred to where three States have failed entirely to make any appropriation, we believe the reason, in some degree, arises from the small number of dead from these States, who fell in this battle. And yet it would seem that a feeling of state pride, and a patriotic gratitude to her brave defenders, would have prompted her to have laid on the altar of a common country, such an offering as would assist in the preservation of the memory of her heroic dead, whether they be few or many. But no invidious discrimination has marked the motives or feelings of the Board, and the remains of the soldiers from all the loyal States, alike, without distinction, have received the same decent sepulture and attention at its hands.

The whole number of bodies interred in the Cemetery amount to four thousand six hundred and sixty-seven, a number exceeding those interred in the Gettysburg Cemetery by one thousand one hundred and three—the number of those buried in the latter being three thousand five hundred and sixty-four.

The removal of the dead was commenced in October, 1866, 2


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Maryland. Board of Trustees of the Antietam National Cemetery.


Collection Location:
Washington County Free Library.

Original Size:
23 x 14 cms

J.W. Woods, printer, Baltimore

Antietam National Cemetery; United States History, Civil War, 1861-1865, Registers of dead.

Washington County, Md; 1862-1869.

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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