Monday, February 11, 2013

Magnolia Cemetery

Magnolia Cemetery
Charleston, South Carolina


"In memory of the sons of Charleston
 who fell around her walls
 who sleep on many battlefields
in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania
Lousiana, Mississippi, and North Carolina
and who lie in distant graves around
their Northern prisons
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These died for their state



Buried at Magnolia are 2,200 Civil War veterans -  that includes five Confederate generals and 14 signers of the Ordinance of Secession. "The Confederate connection probably attracts the most people, because there are so many buried here from that era," A special Confederate section contains more than 1,700 graves of the known and unknown. One reads, simply, "Unknown, Three Bodies, Fort Sumter." Here, too, are 84 bodies of South Carolinians who fell at Gettysburg and were reinterred at Magnolia. (Credit: http://southerngraves.i-found-it.net/cemeteries/magnoliacemetery.html)

16 comments:

  1. That would be an interesting cemetery to meander through. The size of those cannons is quite impressive.

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  2. Are you going back at night? I bet its haunted. Dash for Beads is a Mardi Gras themed race, and lots of fun.

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  3. A very somber place.

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  4. What a tragic waste of humanity.

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  5. How come they only have Cannons in Charleston and no NIkkons?

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  6. This reminds me of so many terrible things, one of which is how, for many southerners, the Civil War lives on!

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  7. A place of sad memories.

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  8. With head lowered in respect, I sing "Dixie"!

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  9. Sad sad times in our history....

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  10. I understand that Jefferson Davis was one of the few Confederates who foresaw the terrible loss of life the Civil War would bring. There was almost a festive air in Charleston when firing began on Fort Sumpter.

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  11. Kay, I am trying to respond to your comments but my own "reply" does not work so here it is: I am now reading Team of Rivals, which is an excellent book about Lincoln and his cabinet by Doris Kearns Goodwin, who was a consultant on the Lincoln movie. It is a huge book and I'm just up to 1850, but if I'm interpreting it correctly, members of his cabinet (altho rivals for the Presidency, were many politicians that opposed slavery...so I am supposing that there were among them with visions of the terrible toll on the union of the North and South and the loss of life.)

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  12. Made me cry when I saw this and also really brings home the reality of the Civil War. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Kate, the "Reply" doesn't work for me either. I commented regarding the Confederacy in particular since you're in Charleston and the Civil War's first shots were at Ft. Sumpter. Interesting coincidence: I'm also reading Team of Rivals.

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  14. That is amazing. I would love to read Team of Rivals but I can only imagine how long it will take me to read it.

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  15. The most awful thing, for a soldier to end in an 'unknown person' grave, too sad for words.

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  16. It is a lovely cemetery, isn't it? I never get tired of it.

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