Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Trip out of town

I almost forgot that we did go out of town a couple of weeks ago. We went to Richmond Va. and visited the Hollywood Cemetery. I have been there a couple of times and really enjoy going and rambling around the old grave stones. This trip we went with a purpose in mind. To find the graves of the Confederate Dead who were killed in the Battle Of Gettysburg.
The first thing you see when arriving in that area is This...

It is a 90 ft pyramid, completed in 1869, it serves as a monument to 18,000 confederate soldiers buried nearby.

As I mentioned I was anxious to see the graves of the men from Gettysburg, so we went in search of those.


One of the most famous of those being General George Pickett

Seeing all these men really stuck a place in my heart. All of you know how much I love Gettysburg and knowing that these men have a resting place was very rewarding.
(The Confederates killed at Gettysburg were left there for months and sometimes years in mostly unmarked graves, until they were finally removed and put in cemeteries down south such as this one)
Most of the graves in this area of Hollywood Cemetery are marked unknown



And looking out over all the Confederate graves was a bit overwhelming

This is just a few of those graves. I have lots more photos but won't bore you with all of them.




















Also the same day we went to the cemetery we visited Berkley Plantation and I will tell you about it in my next post.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Kathy said...

As you probably know, Patty, 51,000 were killed at Gettysburg. Just think of that -- about the same number of souls lost in Viet Nam. And yet, Antietam (Sharpsburg) is thought of as the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Gettysburg lasted three days; 21,000 were killed at Antietam in 12 hours. The creeks ran red.
Every year at Antietam, volunteers place candles in sand bags along the battlefield for each soul lost. It is a powerful sight.

August 12, 2009 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger Patty said...

Kathy
They do that at Gettysburg too...On rememberance day in Nov..I would love to go to see it, but it to cold that time of year brrrr..Do you know when they have the ceremony at Antietam ?
We did get a chance to see the flags which are placed Memorial Day and 4th of July..That is so moving, I can't imagine seeing the candle light..Thanks for coming by

August 12, 2009 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

I have been by Hollywood Cemetary many, many times and never stopped to go inside. I'll have to check it out next time I have a chance.

August 12, 2009 at 6:54 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

That's quite the interesting cemetery, one I'm sure I'd love to see one of these days.

General George Pickett didn't die at Gettysburg though most of his men did, he choose to be buried in this cemetery with them?

When in November do they do the candles at Gettysburg? Maybe my cousin and I could go down there then and check it out.

August 14, 2009 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger peppylady (Dora) said...

Oh my summer been pretty noneventful and I give thanks for that.

It amazing how things change I was looking at your picture of you buck you taken and I would guess our bucks don't have any antlers yet.

We spent the day by creek today and the coffee is on.

August 22, 2009 at 9:42 PM  

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