The valiant Confederate soldiers who lie buried here were members of the 1st Alabama Inf. Reg., Confederate States of America. They were captured in the spring of 1862 in the Civil War Battle of Island No. 10 in the Mississippi River south of Cairo, Illinois. Their task was to stop traffic carrying men and supplies to Northern forces further south.
After weeks of fighting under extremely difficult conditions, they were forced to surrender. Constant fire from river gunboats and land forces made their position untenable. After surrender, they were moved to Camp Randall and when they arrived many were suffering from wounds, malnutrition and various diseases.
Within a few weeks 140 graves were filled, the last resting places for these unsung heroes, far from their homes in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.
Here, also, is the grave of Alice Whiting Waterman, a gracious Southern lady who devoted more than 30 years of her life caring for the graves of "her boys."
WMTV (NBC 15) (June 23, 2015): A look at the nation's northermost confederate cemetery
Iron Brigader (June 15, 2015): The Confederate Cemetery in Madison, Wisconsin
Confederate Soldiers Buried in Confederate Rest Lists (From "The Boys at Forest Hill" by James R. Heberling)
Wisconsin State Journal (June 29, 2015): Will Confederate flag still fly at Madison cemetery?
The Madison policy, which has been in place since 2001, allows for Confederate flags to be displayed only on Memorial Day in the Confederate Rest section of Forest Hill Cemetery.
Talking Spirits VIII: Alice Whiting Waterman, Guardian of Confederate RestUnder the policy, volunteers may fly the First National Flag of the Confederacy from the area’s flag pole on that day. They may also place smaller versions of that flag or the Confederate Battle Flag — the banner flown on the South Carolina Capitol grounds — at individual graves.
(This is a very interest read . . .)
United Daughters of the Confederacy
Erected in loving memory by United
Daughters of the Confederacy to Alice Whiting Waterman
and her boys.