Confederate brothers get second burial

Posted April 14, 2012
Updated April 15, 2012

— The bodies of two Confederate brothers were re-buried Saturday in Raleigh. 

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Brothers Joel and Joseph Holleman died and were buried in 1862, but their remains were unearthed in Raleigh last month by development. Excavation near PNC Arena turned up the brothers' bones.

On Saturday morning, the two men rested under honor guard at the North Carolina Museum of History.

A horse-drawn artillery caisson then bore them to Oakwood Cemetery where they were buried with a military and Masonic service by the 26th North Carolina Regiment. Civil war soldiers laid to rest Civil war soldiers laid to rest, again

The Sons of the Confederate Veterans also attended the burial.

Officials said Joseph Holleman enlisted with the 26th Regiment in September 1861 and died early the next year of pneumonia in Morehead City at age 22.

Joel Holleman was not a soldier, but officials say they think he worked at the state Fairgrounds Hospital in Raleigh and was listed by the federal government as a Confederate collaborator. He died at age 28.


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  • wildpig777 Apr 19, 2012

    american by birth SOUTHERN BY THE GRACE OF GOD..i consider my Southern heritage to be of a higher calling than the mere fact i was born in america.... the cultural genocide by the north continues to this day against the South.. they -- northerners would love to deny all Southerners thier heritage culture and history.

  • Nobody-You-Know Apr 18, 2012

    I never fail to be amused when the groaners come out against anything Confederate. Don't like Confederate things? Then don't go to reenactments or memorials or anything remotely connected with the Confederacy.Believe me, we that like those activities will not miss you.

  • Committ to Mitt 2012 Apr 17, 2012

    @ North Carolina Home

    You conveniently left out:


    Civil Rights

    Forced Sterilizations

    But of course we've come such a long way these are no longer worth discussing anymore. ;-)

  • veyor Apr 17, 2012

    Southern Planters got tired of supplying 68% of the federal coffers from tariffs on cotton. Lincoln fortified Fort Sumpter to collect the tariffs out of Charleston Harbour and blockaded the whole southern coast. North Carolina was the last state to secede refusing to let federal troops come through NC to attack their sister states. The civil war was over Lincoln's greed for tax money and the planter's greed for money. The vast majority of Southerners never owned a slave, and the main port of entry was New York harbour.

  • Corporal Snark Apr 17, 2012

    North Carolina Home: spot on.

  • North Carolina Home Apr 16, 2012

    "No reason for this even to be a story." Committ to Mitt 2012

    Guess there is no reason to study the Roman Empire

    Guess there is no reason to study the Ottoman Empire

    Guess there is no reason to study the rise of Hitler and the Third Reich

    Guess there is no reason to study the Aztec & Mayan cultures

    Guess there is no reason to study the Industrial Revolution, the Renaissance period or any other perid of note.

    Guess the only history important in the 21st Century is on Twitter, Facebook and uTube.

    Stick a fork in it, people. We're done.

  • Committ to Mitt 2012 Apr 16, 2012

    Who cares? Just as some tell those who had family members who were enslaved and had medical experiments done on them, not allowed their basic human rights, and neutered by this State, people should let it go. No reason for this even to be a story.

  • innocent bystander 3 Apr 16, 2012

    In the mid-19th century loyalty to ones home state often took precedence to loyalty to the United States. That's a concept which is foreign to many of us today, but it was a reality of those times. For many people in the south, Lincoln's call for troops to invade the cotton states was considered treasonous itself. It was this action by Lincoln that eventually caused states such as NC, VA, and TN to secede from the union.

    As high as the combat casualty rates were during that war (20-30% was not uncommon for a given battle), deaths from disease among the soldiers far outnumbered combat deaths, so Holleman's death from pneumonia was typical of the time. There is no reason why he or any other soldier (union or confederate) who fought in that war should not be honored by all Americans today.

  • myrtlebeachrock Apr 16, 2012

    History is important to show where we came from and what us Americans. All history should be cheerish where it be a confederate, union or rev war solider. It what makes the USA great and makes us different and yet the same. God Bless America.

    Great song for these guys

  • Corporal Snark Apr 16, 2012


    You are guilty of reading history backwards.

    These long-dead men whose names you sully with the label “traitor” did what they could, and what they saw as right and honorable, to protect their families, homes, and their state from an invading force. As to the flawed cause many Confederate soldiers (such as my own ancestors in the 5th and 56th NC) were too poor to have slaves, but volunteered nonetheless. They did their duty.

    It is worth noting that one of the men served with the 26th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. Although Joseph Holleman died before the battle, the 26th served with great valor at Gettysburg. The 26th also had the sad distinction of having the highest casualty rate of ANY unit, Union or Confederate, during the bloody Battle of Gettysburg.

    It is well that we honor our fallen in this way, regardless of our modern feelings on the war and its causes. Honorable Americans, both Southern and Northern, can agree with this.