No trip to Warrenton Cemetery is complete without paying homage to the statue that rises above everything else in the cemetery. You can see it above everything else and if your curiousity doesn’t get the best of you, well then, you’re made of granite! Oh wait! That would be the statue that is made of granite!
The statue is located right next to the grave of the Confederate Colonel John S. Mosby ~ Mosby of “Mosby’s Rangers” or “Mosby Raiders” fame, “The Gray Ghost,” the hero of Northern Virginia.
The statue is dedicated to those 600 Confederates who died in the two Battles at Manassas. They were disinterred from their burial spots, which were unmarked, and are now resting beneath this monument. One account states that the soldiers had died in makeshift hospitals throughout the area and their grave markers were removed and used as firewood by Union soldiers.
The following inscription can be found on another side of the marble shaft of this majestic monument.
In the border around that crushed rock are marble tablets with the name of the state each one of the men enlisted from. I’ve shown Virginia as an example since I was in their state at the time and it was at the front of the statue. After the name of the state are tablets with each man’s name, rank, regiment and date of death.
honoring the benefactors who enabled this wall to be erected.