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Monument To The Unknown Dead

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Among the most noteworthy of the recent mernentoes of the war is the memorial obelisk erected at Salisbury, N. C, to mark the burial place of the Northern soldiers who perished in adjacent prison-pen, durmg the last years of the great conflict. It has been estimated tliat the 18 trenches contain no fewer than 11,700 men buried promiscuously, without the possibility of identiiication, from which circumstance this burial ground is known as the "Cemetery of the Unknown Dead. , It lies about half a mile from the town of Salisbury, on a sloping ground, and has an extent of about seven acres, surrounded by a massive stone wall. The cemetery proper covers two acres, the other flve being laid out as a lawn, and planted with trees. A neat lodge has been erected at the main entrance.over which the national colors are daily displayed in fine weather. The monument itself, a plain obelisk of New-Hampshire granite, 36 feet 10 inches in height, is from a design by Augustus Van Cleef , of New York, and was erected at a cost of $10,000. The unknown names of the dead are poetically symbolized by a veiled shield. A sword and heimet typify the national struggle, and a pair of Droken fetters the bursting of the prison bonds by death. Over all.surrounded by a laurel-wreatli, is the inscription 'Pro Patria." The monument, standing on the highest part of the slope, is plainly visible from the railway, and forms one of the most picturesque features of the local panorama. Mr. II. H. Burch, of South Haven, has received two lots of Italian queens from Bologna, Italy, the first direct importation from that country to Michigan. The f rei glit on one package of six queens from Bologne to


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Michigan Argus