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When She is Mute

A relief sculpture of a woman and child in Oakwood Cemetery, 940 Comstock Avenue, next to Syracuse University, in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York. Unfortunately I didn’t have the presence of mind to record to whom this striking neoclassical relief was dedicated, but the Roman numerals MDCCCLXXIV and MDCCCCIX translate to 1874 – 1909, so this person was approximately 35 when she died. The inscription above her head, “Ad Rem”, means “to the point (or purpose)” or “relevant”.

Oakwood Cemetery was designed by landscape architect Howard Daniels and opened in 1859. It is a secular Victorian “rural” or “garden” style cemetery where over 60,000 people are interred in 160 wooded acres.

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One Last Time

Monument to Brig. Gen. Adolph von Steinwehr in Albany Rural Cemetery, on Cemetery Avenue off NY State Route 32, in Menands, Albany County, New York. Adolph von Steinwehr (1822-1877) was born in the Duchy of Brunswick, trained as a Prussian officer, and emigrated to America in 1847. He raised a German-American regiment during the Civil War and rose to command a division in the Union XI Corps, Army of the Potomac. Unfortunately, his division bore the brunt of successful Confederate attacks at the Battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, and he was later demoted to command of a brigade. After the war, he became a well-known and respected cartographer.

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Where Stone is Unscarred

Headstones for the Wheeler family in Morningside Cemetery off Raymond Street and U.S. Route 11 in the town of Malone, Franklin County, New York. William A. Wheeler (1819-1887) was a Republican US Congressman and vice president under President Rutherford B. Hayes. While all these solid, white marble grave markers are majestic in their own right, I’m particularly drawn to the wreath carved on the headstone for William’s wife, Mary King Wheeler (1828-1876). It’s incredibly detailed and must have taken a skilled hand to carve.

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