Soldier's Monument
Oakland Cemetery

This monument was Erected by the Ladies Memorial Association 1892. On this monument is engraved the names of all the soldiers buried here. There are soldiers names on all four sides.

William Ambrose Wright

William Ambrose Wright's grave is near General Clement Anselm Evans in the Confederate section. The head stone has a wreath on the left corner and the Battle Flag on the right. It is inscribed:

"Born Louisville, Georgia, January 19,1844, died at Atlanta, Georgia, September 13,1923.
Soldier, Statesman and Christian Knight. A gallant officer in the Army of the Confederate States of America; For fifty years he was Comptroller General of the Commonwealth. Guardian of its honor, and its people’s friend. A gentleman in whom lived the graces, the virtues and the heroism’s of the Old South."

General Clement Anselm Evans
February 25, 1833—July 2,1911

Clement A. Evans, Brig. Gen. C. S. A., began his military career in his native Stewart Co., Ga., where he was commissioned Major in Co. E, 31st Ga. Infantry. He rapidly rose in rank and in November 1864, was put in command of a division, succeeding Gen. John B. Gordon. He led his men in virtually all battles of the Virginia Campaign. He was wounded in the Seven Days’ Battle, June 25 - July 1, 1862. He was wounded again at Monocacy, Maryland but he returned in time to fight at Winchester, Fisher’s Hill and Cedar Creek. He was engaged in the last charge of the war and surrendered under Lee at Appomattox. The remainder of his life was spent in public service as a Methodist Minister and the Trustee of three colleges. He was editor of the thirteen volume, "Confederate Military History", and wrote the "Military History Of Georgia". He served as Commander of the United Confederate Veterans.

Alfred Iverson, Jr.
Brigadier General

This grave is in Oakland Cemetery. The inscription reads:
Alfred Iverson, Jr.
Brigadier General
Confederate States Army
Clinton, Jones County, Georgia,
February 14, 1829
Atlanta, Georgia
March 31 1911
He was the son of
Alfred Iverson, Sr.
United States Senator for Georgia
Caroline Goode Holt
General Iverson's career
as a soldier
began at the age of 17 years, when he was
Captain of volunteers in War with
Mexico 1846 to 1848
He was First Lieutenant, First Cavalry,
United States Army
In the Confederate States Army
He was successively Captain, Colonel, and
Brigadier General, taking part with distinc-
tion in many battles, especially in Virginia.
While General Iverson was commanding a
Division under General Joseph Wheeler, his
services culminated in the defeat and capture
of General George Stoneman, of the United
States Army and the latter's forces in 1864
near Macon, Georgia

West View Cemetery

West View Cemetery, located at 1680 Gordon Road, is one of the city's oldest cemeteries. The first burial here took place on October 9, 1884. (Ref. "Atlanta and Environs", Franklin Garrett). Inside the distinguished stone gatehouse is Spanish Baroque Mausoleum where some of Atlanta’s most prominent citizens are buried. Among them are Henry Grady, Editor of the Atlanta Constitution; long time Atlanta Mayor, William B. Hartsfield; Asa Chandler, founder of the Coca Cola Company; Joel Chandler Harris, author and novelist; Richard Rich, whose grand father Morris, founded Rich’s Department Store and lastly a large number of confederate soldiers.

There are two small cannons in front of the monuments and they are encircled by confederate graves.

The soldier is standing on four cannon barrels in his frock coat with a firm grip on his musket. In between the cannon barrels are cannon balls on each side. On the front is a circle with a snake biting its tail. Below that it reads:

"Erected by the Confederate Veterans Association of Fulton Co., Ga. In memory of 'Our Dead Comrades'."

On each side of the four corners there are large cannons pointing to the ground. To the soldier's left there is an hour glass in a circle. Below this are two crossed muskets, and below that is a plow, and it reads:

"They shall beat their swords into plough-shares."

"Nation shall not lift up sword against nation."

On the back in the circle there is a buttlefly and below that is a furled battle flag on a broken shaft. There is also a little bugle, an anchor, a broken wheel, a little musket, a cross standing up with "In Memorium" engraved on it and at the bottom is a foot stone with "CSA" engraved in it. This object replicates a grave and reads:

"Of liberty born of a patriot’s dream of a storm-cradled nation they fell."

To the soldier's right there is a ball with angel like wings or it could be a world (globe) with wings. On the right are crossed muskets with a pruning tool between the musket stocks and below it reads:

"And their spears into pruning-hooks."

"Neither shall they learn war anymore."

There are soldier's graves encircled in several rows around the monument.


Joel Chandler Harris' grave is located in West View cemetery in Atlanta. There is a picture of him on the front of the headstone. It reads "Born Eatonton, Ga., Dec 9, 1849. Died Atlanta, Ga., July 3,1908."

"I seem to see before me the smiling faces of thousands of children some young and fresh and some wearing the friendly marks of age. But all children at heart and not an unfriendly face among them. And while I’m trying hard to speak the right word, I seem to hear a voice lifted above the rest saying you have made some of us happy. And so I feel my heart fluttering and my lips trembling, and I have to bow silently and turn away and hurry back into the obscurity that fits me best."

Buried here beside him is his wife,Esther LaRose Harris, born October 1854; died October 1938.

Joel Chandler Harris was a shy teenager who was too young for the draft. He was born poor and illegitimate, but with a gift for humor and dialect. He spent time in the evening with the black spellbinders and gained insight into the folklore which later became the basis of his Uncle Remus animal stories about Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, and Brer Bear. His stories won the hearts of the young and adults all over the world.

McPherson Monument

Death of James B. McPherson

This upturned cannon at McPherson and Monument Avenues marks the spot where Union General James B. McPherson was killed July 22, 1864. Just before his death he observed the battle of Atlanta before riding to his death in the initial assault of the battle. McPherson rode south from the Georgia Railroad when he heard firing in Sugar Creek Valley, where the rear attack by Walker’s and Bate’s Divions fell upon Dodge’s 16th Atlanta Campaign. He galloped toward Flat Shoals and Glenwood on a road through the pines. At this point he was assailed by the skirmishes of Cleburne’s Division; refusing to surrender he was shot while attempting to escape.

Walker Monument

Death of General Walker

This monument is located in The Glenwood Triangle, in the City of Atlanta, in the middle of Wilkerson and Glenwood Avenue in East Atlanta. On the front it reads:

" In memory of Maj.Gen. William H.T. Walker, C.S.A."
On the back of the monument it reads:

"Born November 26, 1816; killed on this spot July 22,1864."
This upturned cannon marks the spot where General William H. T. Walker, an Augusta native was shot from his horse by a Federal picket. In an area bounded by Memorial Drive, Clifton, Glenwood and Moreland was where the major part of the Battle of Atlanta was fought, July 22, 1864. Memorial Drive and Clifton is where Hardee’s right wing was repulsed in an unexpected clash with Sweeny’s 16th Atlanta Campaign division. This was followed by an assault of Hardee’s left wing which crushed the left of the 17th A.C. at Flat Shoals Road and Glenwood and dislodged the right of the 16th A.C., forcing them north to a second line east of Leggett’s Hill. Eight hours of battle in which two Major Generals, Walker and McPherson, were killed. They were the first casualties of the battle. Walker was succeeded by General Hugh Mercer, who deployed the division at Sugar Creek valley just west of this monument.

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