Which hotel has a cemetery where more than 300 Confederate soldiers are buried?
If you guessed Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa (1847) in Point Clear, Alabama, you guessed correctly!
The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa has a long and storied military history. This historic hotel was originally built over 160 years ago in 1847. At the time the hotel had only two floors and just 40 guestrooms. Original guests arrived by steamboat and docked at what is now the marina. The city of Mobile remained in Confederate hands until 1865. It was during this time that the hotel was turned into a base hospital for Confederate soldiers. It was guarded by the 21st Alabama Infantry.
Three hundred Confederate soldiers died while at the hospital, and are buried on the on-site cemetery, Confederate Rest. The soldiers were buried shoulder-to-shoulder, in mass graves. In 1869 a fire destroyed the documents that identified the deceased, and a monument to the unknown was later constructed at the cemetery, which still stands today.
After the Civil War the hotel returned to business as usual – until World War II. In 1944, the then owner of the Grand Hotel turned over the property to the U.S. Air Force for use as its Maritime Training School under the guidance of Colonel Thompson. The basic seamanship, marine, and aquatic training became known as "Operation Ivory Soap".
Today, the classic grandeur remains while modern updates and conveniences will ensure guests will be comfortable during their stays.
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