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    Jiasianpu memorial monument | Cemetery of Zhenghaijun
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    Cemetery of Zhenghaijun in Jiasian
     

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    Cemetery of Zhenghaijun in Jiasian  This used to be abundant with trees as it was a forbidden place for people in the neighborhood during the early days; however, there was a concern that this place would be destructed due to development of farm fields; therefore, professor Shih Wan-Shou from the Department of History at National Cheng Kung University was invited in Min-Guo 80s (1990s) to proceed with field investigations; at that time, local residents utilized bamboo to construct housing for enshrinement; in Min-Guo 85 (1996), Kaohsiung County Government applied to the Ministry of the Interior for subsidy to construct a park with the fact that the place was already more than a century old at that time, and it was applying for the approval from The Ministry of the Interior to list this place as a third grade historical monument, which is currently administrated by the township office.

      During the 12th year of Guangsyu Dynasty (1886), Zhenghaijun supervisor, Yang Jin-Long, who was garrisoning Taiwan Fucheng (the current Tainan City), has undertaken the order from the local governor, Liou Ming-Chuan, to lead troops to open up a mountain path from Jiayi to Batongguan, while passing through Dapu, Jiasian, Laonong, Baolai, Zaoli, and Guanshan Yakou; in other words, it was a path going from Nanhua of Tainan County, over Aliguanshan Mountain of Alishan Mountain Range, and to Cunbei of Siaolin Village in this township (roughly the route of the present Southern Cross Island Highway). They established a camp at the present Wulipu of Siaolin Village, but due to the heat of summer, there was too much harmful vapors in the air, and numerous soldiers got ill and died. There are currently 85 tombs recording clearly the birthplace and name of the deceased, in addition with the time; since they were mostly Chunan (the present Hunan and Hubei provinces) people, thus this place was also known as Chunanjhong (Chunan tombs).

    Cemetery of Zhenghaijun  There are 85 tombs at the present, which are lined up neatly in good shape, with a cemetery area of approximately 0.097 hectares; the appearances of the tombs are simple and crude in about six rows. The steles with various forms in approximately rectangular shape in front of the graves were originated from local sandstone, slate and the green schist from the Laonong River on the northeast of Baolai. Although the epitaph on the steles carved with the tips of the soldiers’ knifes or by stonemasons seem a bit sloppy, but the awful atmosphere still exists, as if one is in the troop, which is scarce amongst the existing cemeteries in Taiwan.

      Even though the great aspiration of developing a road by the ancestors did not complete the cross-island highway, the remaining traces of the trail through the mountains still makes people sigh deeply with emotion as the ancient path gradually vanishes within the wilderness, leaving only infinite sorrows behind.
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