Although The South was relatively insulated from the Panic of 1857, some businesses did suffer, among them ironworks. Mark Anthony Cooper's extensive operation in the Etowah River Valley was so drastically affected that he put the business up for sale in 1858 to cover $100,000 dollars in debt he owed. 38 friends sign notes covering the debts, which Cooper repaid from the revenues of his mill.
In 1860, as an expression of gratitude, Cooper built the "Friendship Monument" to honor these people. The names of each of the 38 men are inscribed on the marble marker.
Remains of Cooper's Iron Works
This monument is a 40 foot shaft with a cut out of a shield on four sides. On the front in the shield it reads: "Rest in Peace our own Southern Braves. You loved liberty more than life".
To the left it reads: Dedicated to the memory of our Southern Heroes, By the Ladies Memorial Association of Cassville. A. D. 1878."
On the back it reads: "Is it death to fall for freedoms call?"
To the right it reads: "It is better to have fought and lost than not to have fought at all."
Our Confederate Dead.
So long as breathes a Southern woman, So long as time shall last, So long will Southern women Cherish and honor the memory of the Confederate soldiers and meet annually to strew their resting place with choicest garlands.
Left of the front "Confederate States of America
1861-1865."Below this it readsRestOn the back it reads, These headstones were placed here 1899 by Cassville Chapter, Georgia Division United Daughters of the Confederacy in honor of those who fell while defending the rights of the South. Long may their memory live.
The Cassville Chapter #238, of the United Daughters of the Confederacy is Inactive.
Rustic Stone Monument
On this Rustic Stone Monument there is a plaque which reads: "Site of Cassville named for Lewis Cass, County seat of Cass County,1832-1861".
"First Decision, Supreme Court of Georgia, 1846, named changed to Manassas, 186l.
Town burned by Sherman 1864 and never rebuilt."
Historical Marker reads
"In this cemetery are buried about 300 unknown Confederate soldiers who died of wounds or disease in the several Confederate hospitals located in Cassville. These hospitals operated from late 1861 until May 18, 1864,
then moved south out of the path of the invading Federal forces. In May 1899, the Cassville Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy,to honor these unknown soldiers, placed headstones at each of their graves."
On the Courthouse square is a Confederate monument with a soldier on top
holding his musket. Below him are crossed furled flags, and below them is
There are small cannons on each of the four corners. It
reads: "Erected by the Cedartown Chapter of the United Daughters of the
Confederacy #491. To the Confederate Veterans of Polk County 1906. The
daughters of those who made our flag, hold in exalted veneration those who
Below this are two sabres crossed then "Our Heroes".
soldier's right are crossed muskets and below the muskets it reads: "This
raise in loving tribute to the past, present, and future."
left are two flags crossed and furled. Then " '61". Followed by:
"The principles for which they fought live eternally". "
To the left are two more muskets crossed. Then it reads: " When the last
trumpet is sounded may each answer the roll call of the Heavenly army."
The Cedartown Chapter #491 of the U. D. C. is no longer active.