When the Sun Sleeps

Bacon family plot in Bonaventure Cemetery, 330 Bonaventure Road, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. There are at least eight members of the Bacon family interred here, including Albert Sumner Bacon (1844-1920) and his wife Ruby Williams (1845-1929). Albert S. Bacon served in B Co., 8th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the American Civil War. The 8th Georgia was in Maj. Gen. John Bell Hood’s Division in Longstreet’s Corps. Albert was severely wounded in the face on July 2, 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg, but survived the war and lived to be 76.

John Mullryne’s plantation, with its tree-lined avenues, once occupied this 160-acre site. Mullryne was an English colonel who was granted the land in the 1760s. He named it “Bonaventure,” which is Italian for “good fortune.” Peter Wiltberger purchased Bonaventure in 1846 and his son William turned it into Evergreen Cemetery 22 years later. The haunting, picturesque scenery led one statue, called “Bird Girl,” to appear on the cover of John Berendt’s novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1994).


About the author Michael Kleen

Michael Kleen is an author, raconteur, and occasional traveler. He has a M.A. in History and M.S. in Education. He enjoys studying military history, folklore, and philosophy.

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