the richmond confederate memorial is located in the confederate section of hollywood cemetery. this massive pyramid commemorates the 25 confederate generals and over 18,000 confederate soldiers buried in hollywood cemetery. this memorial was erected in 1869.
confederate general george pickett was best known for his "pickett's charge" at the battle of gettysburg. pickett's forces charged the union line during the battle of gettysburg and he lost half of his soldiers. pickett's change was one of the most famous massacres in the civil war. after the confederate defeat at gettysburg pickett was assigned to the defense of richmond. after the union victory at the battle of five forks richmond fell into union hands and robert e. lee's army retreated to appomattox court house. pickett fought in the battle of appomattox court house. after the union victory at appomattox court house general robert e. lee surrendered his army of northern virginia which led to the end of the civil war. after the civil war pickett became an insurance agent in norfolk virginia. general george pickett was a tragic character in U. S. history.
john tyler was the govenor of virginia, a U. S. senator and the 10 th president of the united states. he was best known for annexing the republic of texas into the union in 1845. tyler was a delegate to the provisional confederate congress and was the only former U. S. president to serve in the confederacy.
james monroe was the 5 th president of the united states. during the war of 1812 monroe was the secretary of state and the secretary of war under president james madison. in 1819 monroe became a member of the american colonization society and approiated $100,000 for the purchase of liberia on the west coast of africa. over 13,000 freed african slaves where transported to liberia. liberia's capital monrovia is named after monroe and is the only foreign capital in the world to be named after a U.S. president. monroe is best known for his 1823 "monroe doctrine" which stated that the united states would not tolerate european intervention in the americas. this doctrine paved the way for U.S. expansion to the pacific. james monroe was one of the most important political figures in U. S. history.
jefferson davis was a mexican-american war veteran, secretary of war under president franklin pierce, and a U.S. senator from mississippi prior to the civil war. davis is best known as the president of the confederacy from 1861 to 1865. the grave of jefferson davis is located in hollywood cemetery.
hollywood cemetery was established in 1849 on a bluff over looking the james river. the cemetery has named after holly trees that once grew in the area. this historic cemetery is the final resting place of two U.S. presidents, confederate president jefferson davis, 25 confederate generals, and over 18,000 confederate soldiers. hollywood cemetery is listed on the national register of historic places and has an excellent collection of funerary art.
One of the most beautiful historical sites in Richmond. Stop by the little building right by the front gate to pick up a map. Make sure to see the Civil War "pyramid," the black dog statue, Jefferson Davis' grave, and the myriad of beautiful mausoleums and statuary throughout the cemetary.
Hollywood Cemetery is the final resting place for Jefferson Davis and JEB Stuart. Opened in 1849, the cemetery also contains the bodies of some 18,000 Confederate soldiers and a handful of Union soldiers. Other famous persons buried here included President James Monroe, President John Tyler, Robert E Lee's nephew Fitzhugh Lee, and General Henry Heth and General George Pickett both of Gettysburg fame.
The cemetery offers beautiful views of the James River. The landmark 90-foot granite pyramid was constructed in 1869.
Hollywood Cemetery is open to the public daily from 8 to 5.
Hollywood Cemetary would be worth the stop even if no one famous was buried here. You'll see a lot of Confederate dead from Gettysburg and other engagements. Also here are Presidents Monroe and Tyler, CSA President Jefferson Davis, JEB Stuart, Gen Pickett (buried with his beloved Virginian troops), and much more.
Many of the headstones are very old. And some are very interesting in design.
Go in with a map and a plan. It's easy to get side tracked just by looking at all the unique and old headstones.
No, this isn't a cemetery for that Hollywood. Primarily, famous Virginians including two U.S. Presidents (James Monroe and John Tyler) are buried here as well as Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and thousands of Confederate veterans of the War For Southern Independence have their final resting place here. There is a tall pyramid built in their memory just a few years after the war ended. This cemetery has paths that go up and down hills and offer a great view of the James River.