Confederate Soldiers Reburied

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Confederate soldiers march through the Confederate section of Oakwood Cemetery at the close of the ceremony.

The Holleman brothers died 150 years ago, within a month of each other. Both were Confederate soldiers and were buried in West Raleigh. Because the West Raleigh area is slated for development, on Saturday the Holleman brothers were reburied in Oakwood Cemetery with full Confederate and Masonic honors.

The two brothers were Joel, who worked in a confederate hospital and Joseph, who was with the famous 26 Regiment commanded by Zebulon Vance. They were accompanied to Oakwood Cemetery for reburial by Confederate re-enactors, mourning ladies in black, a three-gun salute and many Raleigh residents, who wanted to pay their respects to the brothers and to watch Raleigh history in action.

9 thoughts on “Confederate Soldiers Reburied

  1. Aer you telling me that development is causing the removal of a cemetary or a f ew graves or what. What is the development?

  2. From the very brief information that was released (I do believe this is private property and they did not give exact addresses/locations) their former gravesites were located near Trinity Road very close to I-40.

  3. To all: Karen is right above but to further explain… In the mid 19th the property was owned by the brother’s family. They died a month apart and their parents kept them close and together.

    The present owner has no plans to sell nor develop the land but his concern about future development led him to begin exploring what could be done. That was 3 years ago, it’s taken that long to accomplish and with lots of people involved, mainly the SCV, Masons, city, county and state, Oakwwod Cemetery…

    Yes, I have a family connection, tho’ not direct antecedents, they were 3rd cousins to my great-grandfather. It was a wonderful connection and celebration of history. We Hollemans (orig. Hollyman) have been in America since 1650.

  4. Beautiful way to celebrate our Confederate past! (Who else notices the paradox in my statement?)

  5. And before people attack me, no I am not banging the ‘North was all good/South was pure evil’ drum, and I am not trying to insult anyone’s grandparents. But anyone who knows what the philosophy of fire eaters and the Southern aristocracy knows how fundamentally wrong they were. Don’t sit here and try to talk taxes or economics or states rights garbage either: all issues including the economics were rooted in slavery. Feel free to disagree.

  6. Oh I do not disagree at all Roy (though I would not presume to call States Rights “garbage”) slavery was indeed behind a great deal of why the Southern States seceded (at least seven of them at any rate).

    Now having said that, I would point out that it was not secession itself that caused the War to be fought, but rather the refusal of both sides to compromise, the refusal of the Lincoln Administration to formally negotiate a peaceful resolution with the provisional Confederate government on restoring the Union honorably and without bloodshed, and using the firing on Ft. Sumter (an action that resulted in no casualties on EITHER SIDE) as the springboard for launching an illegal, unconstitutional invasion. There were many Northern business interests with ties of the Lincoln Administration who wanted war so they could furnish arms and weapons and get big government contracts for them. There were fanatical abolitionists who wanted a holy crusade against slavery. And in the South there were the fire eaters you mentioned who hated the North so much that they pushed the issue of secession hard.

    But all of that is not the issue is it Roy?
    The issue is the burial of two Confederate soldiers, men who simply saw it as their duty to the land of their birth to defend it, regardless of governments or slavery, or rich or poor.
    Frankly if the two men being buried were North Carolina Unionists, the issue would be the same. It would be about honor men who fought and died for what they thought was right in defense of the Southland they loved.
    That is the underlying meaning of “Southern Heritage” and in this instance Confederate Historical Identity.

  7. *SIGH* Roy this is not the place for your righteous, single-issue rant. The issues are far too complicated to argue the details and causes here.

    North Carolina, not a big slave-holding state, was very much opposed to secession, seeing what would become a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight but sandwiched between “two great mountains of conceit” had little, nay, no choice. But the loyalty was not so much to the Confederacy but to North Carolina.

    I am a student of history, not of the civil war but of America before that: the colonial period, the revolution and Early America and states rights was the category to lump so many issues into. America was a ‘compromise’ between those whose cry was ‘states rights’ and those who wanted a powerful federal government and was actually founded as a confederacy itself. We have only to look at what the all-powerful and over-reaching national government has become today to see that ‘states rights’ maybe wasn’t such a terrible idea after all. The ultimate federalist Alexander Hamilton even thought that goals and ideals should be set by the federal government but implemented at the state and local level.