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Solemn Strikes The Funeral Chime

Headstone for Lt. Elam S. P. Clapp (1842-1864) in Oakwood Cemetery, 50 101st Street, Troy, Rensselaer County, New York. Lt. Clapp led Company A, 125th NY Volunteer Infantry, in the 3rd Brigade, First Division, II Corps, Union Army of the Potomac, at the attack on the “Mule Shoe” on March 12, 1864 during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. Fighting there was some of the most desperate and bloody of the war. The regiment’s commander, Capt. E. P. Jones, was killed, and Lt. Clapp was mortally wounded.

This 300-acre cemetery was established in 1848 and designed in rural style. It offers a beautiful view of the Hudson Valley and contains the remains of over 16,000 people, including Samuel “Uncle Sam” Wilson.

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Now She Walks the Shadows

Wrought iron headstone for Mary Comstock (unk-1853) in Woods Hill (Dorman) Cemetery at St. Albans Road (U.S. Route 7) and Woods Hill Road south of Swanton, Franklin County, Vermont, and the Missisquoi River. Despite my best efforts, I was unable to find information about Ms. Comstock, but she must have been someone of prominence to have such an ornate grave marker. It looks like there was a photo at one time, but some jerk removed it.

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Pray For The Dead

A beautiful sculpture of the Virgin Mary in St. Mary’s Cemetery on James Street, south of Clayton, New York in Jefferson County. The monument commemorates the Lanther family. Notice the serpent being crushed under Mary’s foot.

Clayton is a quaint town along the St. Lawrence River with an antique boat museum and a few shops along the river. If you visit, don’t miss 1000 Islands River Rat Cheese farther up James Street, downtown.

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Aurora’s Garden

Mausoleum for the Jacobson family in Woodlawn Cemetery, 800 Grant Boulevard, Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York. At least three generations of Jacobsons are interred here, including Henry H. Jacobson (unk-1923), his son Dr. Nathan Jacobson (unk-1913), and his granddaughter, Emma (unk-1956). Woodlawn Cemetery was established in 1881 and serves as a quiet, well-maintained resting place for over 30,000 departed residents.

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