Confederate Cemetery
Orderly rows of stones mark
the resting places of dozens
of Southern soldiers.
Confederate Cemetery - Fayetteville, Arkansas - Confederate Cemetery, Arkansas - Confederate Cemetery, Arkansas
Confederate Cemetery
The beautiful Civil War burial ground overlooks the
historic city of Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The Resting Place of the Dead
Situated along the gentle slope of an Ozarks
ridge, Confederate Cemetery occupies a
beautiful setting overlooking the historic
Northwest Arkansas city of Fayetteville.

The cemetery contains the remains of men
who fell in the service of the Confederacy in
Northwest Arkansas, primarily in Benton and
Washington Counties. Some of the soldiers
buried here died from illness in disease-
ridden camps, while others fell in battle on
one of the most violent and desperately
contested fronts of the Civil War.

Their graves originally dotted the landscape
of Northwest Arkansas, but in 1878 the
Southern Memorial Association of
Washington County established the beautiful
cemetery and exhumed fallen soldiers from
throughout the region and brought them here
for final burial. The effort coincided roughly
with a similar effort to move Union dead in
the region to the Fayetteville National

Many of the soldiers buried at Confederate
Cemetery fell in the
Battle of Pea Ridge in
March of 1862 or at the
Battle of Prairie Grove
just nine months later. These two actions
were among the fiercest of the Civil War in
the West and firmly established Union
control of the State of Missouri and Northwest
Arkansas as well. Brigadier General William
Yarnell Slack, who died on March 20, 1862,
from wounds received at Pea Ridge is
among the soldiers who now rest here.

Others fell in the
Battle of Fayetteville or
numerous other smaller engagements
fought throughout the region.

Many, however, died from sickness and
disease during the brutal winters of 1861
and 1862, when Confederate soldiers in the
Ozarks endured unimaginable privations.

The cemetery contains hundreds of such
graves, arrayed in beautiful rows beneath
magnificent trees and commanding an
outstanding view of the city of Fayetteville
below. The rock wall surrounding the historic
burial ground was built in 1885 of native
stone. The tall Confederate monument on
the grounds was erected in around 1898 and
forms a centerpiece of the cemetery.
Confederate Cemetery in Fayetteville is
located on Rock Street near the intersection
with Willow on the mountain slope just east
of the downtown area. It overlooks the site of
the Battle of Fayetteville.

Please click here to view a roster of the
known soldiers buried here. You can also
click here to visit the page of the Southern
Memorial Association of Washington County.

Confederate Cemetery is open to the public
during normal daylight hours. There is no
cost to visit.

Union soldiers killed in the actions that took
place in Northwest Arkansas are buried in
the nearby
Fayetteville National Cemetery.
Monument and Flag
A Confederate monument
and the First National Flag of
the Confederacy stand watch
over the cemetery.
The Silence of the Dead...
The men buried here died
from battle wounds or illness
in Northwest Arkansas.
Colors of the Lost Cause
The First National Flag of the
Confederacy flies over the
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