As we approach the Sesquicentennial celebration of the Civil War and the founding of West Virginia, the Confederate Memorial in Indian Mound Cemetery is getting some additions. Two shiny aluminum flag poles erected by the Sons of Confederate Veterans now tower over the monument dwarfing everything around and destroying the historic atmosphere of the site. Furthermore, they destory the reenactment area around the monument as can be seen from photos of past ceremonies (see link below). HistoricHampshire.org is strongly suggesting that these modern additions be removed and placed in the Romney 250th Anniversary park. The Romney 250th Committee has offered to accept them into their design where they will be appropriate reminders of our Civil War veterans and not destroy the atmosphere of the historic site in Indian Mound Cemetery.
On another note, apparently the ground around the monument could be sold for modern burial plots. The red line overlays a recently staked out plot. We have suggested to the Trustees of Indian Mound Cemetery that the little remaining space around this historic ediface be reserved in perpetuity for this monument. Furthermore, we have suggested that an application be made to place the Monument on the National Register of Historic Places since it holds a special place in West Virginia history.
We hold this monument in trust for those who dedicated it 150 years ago. It is not ours to alter or deface. To see how it looked while it was still a picturesque setting much like it has been for 150 years go to: http://www.historichampshire.org/civilwar/confed.htm