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Cries of the Past

Headstone for J. H. Jackson (unk-1916) in Beauvoir Confederate Cemetery, 2244 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi. Jackson served in Co A, Ward’s Battery, an Alabama light artillery unit.

The Jefferson Davis Soldiers Home opened on the grounds of Beauvoir Mansion, one-time home of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis, in 1903 and operated until the 1950s. It was home to around 1,800 Civil War veterans and widows of Confederate soldiers. Roughly 780 of them are buried in the cemetery located on the property.

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Together at Last

Headstones for Paul (1734-1818) and Abigail McKinstry (unk-1802) in Cherry Hill Cemetery at Main Street and Christian Hill Road, north of the White River and east of Bethel, Windsor County, Vermont. Paul McKinstry fought for Connecticut as a private in the Revolutionary War. These 200-year-old headstones must have been cleaned recently; they’re remarkably well preserved.

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Whispering Spiritscapes

Grave marker for the Fulton family in Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery in Rubio Woods Forest Preserve, Midlothian, Cook County, Illinois. There are at least a dozen members of the Fulton family buried in Bachelor’s Grove, but due to extensive vandalism, the exact locations of their graves is unknown. This is the largest remaining monument in the cemetery. Visitors are attracted to a small stone nearby that simply reads “infant daughter,” and frequently leave trinkets and tokens of their affection.

Bachelor’s Grove is one of the most famous haunted cemeteries in America. It was abandoned around the turn of the last century and is allegedly home to a plethora of strange phenomenon, including the White Lady (or Madonna) of Bachelor’s Grove, who is said to be searching for her lost infant.

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Fields of Pestilent Grief

Headstone for 1LT William H. Pohlman (1842-1863) in Albany Rural Cemetery, on Cemetery Avenue off NY State Route 32, in Menands, Albany County, New York. William served as an adjutant in the 59th NY Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the 3rd Brigade, Second Division, II Corps of the Union Army of the Potomac. He was wounded twice at the Battle of Gettysburg, the second time during Pickett’s Charge, when the 59th NY repelled elements of Kemper’s Brigade from their position south of the stone wall on Cemetery Ridge. He died of his wounds on July 21, 1863.

Designed by Major David Bates Douglass and established in 1841, Albany Rural Cemetery is a 467-acre National Historic Landmark and the final resting place for over 135,000 people.

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Child in Silence

Headstone for Eunice Denison (unk-1809) in Cherry Hill Cemetery at Main Street and Christian Hill Road, north of the White River and east of Bethel, Windsor County, Vermont. This well-preserved black slate marker has me wondering if it’s a duplicate or has been cleaned recently. At 209 years and counting, this is one of the oldest headstones I’ve seen in Vermont.

The inscription (from Matthew 18:4) reads:

Whosoever shalt humble
himself as a little child
the same is greatest in
the kingdom of heaven.

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