Rhode Island Monument
Authorized in 1902, the Rhode Island monument was erected on the prison site near the Wisconsin Monument. Dedication ceremonies were held 30 April 1903.
The monument is rather modest in size, carved from the best Westerly granite. The top front contains the state coat of arms and bronze plates on each face bear the names of the 74 soldiers buried in the National Cemetery. It is of interest to note that one of the names listed is that of Charles F. Curtis, 5th RI Heavy Artillery; one of the notorious Raiders, hanged by the other prisoners.
Did You Know?
Buried in grave 3585 is Corporal James Gooding, 54th Massachusetts Infantry, who died at Andersonville on July 19, 1864. A sailor before the war and highly educated, his letters describing his experience as a soldier were published in a Massachusetts newspaper and he wrote to Abraham Lincoln requesting equal pay for black soldiers. More...