|In 1869, this 90-foot high granite pyramid was built as a memorial to the more than 18,000 enlisted men of the Confederate Army buried in the cemetery. Designed by civil engineer Captain Charles H. Dimmock (b. 1831 – d. 1873) of the former Confederate Army, the pyramid was erected from granite stones pulled from the nearby James River. It was built by labor from the nearby state penitentiary and took a year to construct. |
The pyramid was built in an area of the cemetery where graves contains the remains of enlisted men of the Confederate Army who died at Gettysburg. 18,000 men including at least 2,000 unknown soldiers were removed from the Gettysburg's battlefield and buried at Hollywood cemetery.
Dimmock's design was a 90 feet (27 m) tall and 45 feet square at the base. The cornerstone was laid on December 3, 1868. In the cornerstone are entombed various Confederate artifacts including a Confederate flag, a button from Stonewall Jackson's coat, and a lock of Jefferson Davis' hair. The cornerstone bears the inscription: "Erected by the Hollywood Memorial Association, A.D. 1869 to the confederate dead "Memoria in acterna numini et Patriac Asto" (in eternal memory of those who stood for god and country).