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Confederate Section

The Confederate Section contains the graves of over 2200 soldiers from 14 states.  Informational tablets at entrance explain Lynchburg’s role as a hospital center during the Civil War, and a kiosk lists names and locations of all those buried here. 

April 2015

Civil War Archaeology Open House

April 11, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Archaeologists Keith Adams and Randy Lichtenberger in Yankee SquareWatch archaeologists at work and share their discoveries on Saturday, April 11, 2015, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Professional archaeologists will complete their excavations in the Confederate Section of the Cemetery to uncover the 140 previously unmarked graves of “Yankee Square.”  The plot was used during the Civil War for Union prisoners of war and Confederate disease victims.This is the third year archaeologists have been working in Yankee Square.  They found 40…

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Songs of the Civil War

April 18, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Don’t miss this special concert of Civil War-era music performed by the Lynchburg College Choral Union in the Confederate Section.The program will include these songs:Johnny Has Gone for a SoldierAura LeeLorenaSwing Low, Sweet ChariotDown by the RiversideDixieBattle Hymn of the RepublicJust Before the Battle MotherTenting on the Old Camp GroundThe Dying SoldierHome, Sweet HomeFor the FatherTestament of FreedomAmerica The BeautifulThe concert is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. They may be picked up at the Cemetery…

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May 2015

Decoration Day

May 24, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us on Sunday, May 24, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Confederate Section of Old City Cemetery to celebrate Decoration Day. After a brief ceremony, participants will lay fresh cut flowers on the graves of 2,200 Civil War soldiers buried in the Cemetery. Please help us decorate all 2,200 graves by bringing cut flowers from your own garden to the ceremony.This beautiful and moving ceremony recreates exactly what was done during Lynchburg's first Memorial Day, held on May 10,…

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May 2016

Confederate Memorial Day Service

May 29, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sponsored this year by Kirkwood Otey Chapter Number 10, United Daughters of the Confederacy.  Period dress encouraged.           

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May 2017

Confederate Memorial Day Service

May 28, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  Sponsored this year by Garland-Rodes Camp No. 409, Sons of Confederate Veterans. Period dress encouraged.                          

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May 2019

Decoration Day

May 26, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bring cut flowers from home to lay on veterans graves.  A local tradition since 1866.  

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All events are sponsored by the Southern Memorial Association.

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