Oakwood Cemetery - Parsons, Kansas
The Antietam Circles at Oakwood Cemetery in Parsons, Kansas are a must visit for Civil War and cemetery buffs. There are two adjacent Antietam Circles and both contain Civil War graves and monuments. Circle #2 also has an American flag, cast iron gate, and four copper statues. Circle #1 has two 8 inch Columbiad cannons and a 28 foot tall concrete rotunda which was constructed in 1905.
The original portion of Oakwood Cemertey open on 20 acres in 1872. In 1886, a portion of Oakwood Cemetery was purchased by Civil War veterans who came to Parsons as settlers after the war. In 1887 they named their portion of the cemetery the Antietam Circle in honor of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. In 1889 addition cemetery lots were purchased and Antietam Circle number two was created.
The 1911 cast iron gateway to Oakwood Cemetery was donated by the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.)
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