From the Alabama Historical Commission
Confederate Memorial Park, a historic property of the Alabama Historical Commission, will host a special cemetery tour on Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. For many years after the war, it was common across the country to see veterans with empty sleeves or pant legs, or hobbling on crutches or in wheelchairs. Numerous bone-breaking injuries made amputation a common procedure, and many other veterans suffered ailments exacerbated by years of war campaigns and limited medical treatment. From a medical perspective, visitors will learn about the lives of veterans buried at the Soldiers’ Home and how wartime injuries and ailments were treated during and after the war.
Spread across 102 acres of rolling forested countryside near the center of the state, Confederate Memorial Park includes the site of Alabama’s only Confederate veterans’ home. Life for the ex-soldiers, called “inmates” at the home, was better than most had known before their admission. The home provided housing, meals, clothing, allowances, medical care and, for many, a place to die and be buried with dignity. The museum features exhibits on the life of an Alabama Confederate veteran, from recruitment to old age, including hundreds of Civil War and Soldiers’ Home artifacts.
Admission for the tour is $10 per person and admission to the museum is included. For more information, call the museum at 205-755-1990.
Confederate Memorial Park is located at 437 County Road 63, Marbury, AL 36051. Participants must enter through the south gate located closest to Highway 143.
For more information on Confederate Memorial Park or the Alabama Historical Commission, please visit www.ahc.alabama.gov.
About Confederate Memorial Park
Confederate Memorial Park is the site of the only home of Confederate soldiers in Alabama. The site operated from 1902 to 1939 as a refuge for disabled or indigent veterans of the Confederate Army, their wives and widows. The majority of veterans served in Alabama outfits, while others moved to Alabama after the war. The last veteran died at home in 1934. The facility closed in 1939 when the five remaining widows were transferred to Montgomery for better care.
About the Alabama Historical Commission
The Alabama Historical Commission is the historic preservation agency for the state of Alabama. The agency was created by an act of the state legislature in 1966 with a mission to protect, preserve, and interpret historic places in Alabama. AHC strives to accomplish its mission through two areas of activity: the preservation and promotion of state-owned historic sites as public attractions; and, statewide programs to assist individuals, groups, towns, and cities with local preservation activities. For a complete listing of AHC owned and operated programs and properties, hours of operation, and admission fees, please visit ahc.alabama.gov