Had the opportunity to visit Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis over the wekend. Big place. Over 470 acres with over 440K interments so far. It's the final resting place of the rich and powerful from St. Louis.
Had a couple of places I wanted to visit, being a Civil War history buff.
Really not a big monument for someone with such historical signifigance. What I didn't understand was all the pennies scattered around the base. More on that in a bit.
Also there was this one:
Between the Missouri Compromise of 1821 and Dred Scott, it could be argued that this was the start of the Civil War. Also notice the pennies on top of the marker.
I found out that this is a military custom. Leaving a penny there meant that a soldier had visited the grave. A nickel means the soldier had basic training with the deceased. A dime means they served with them. A quarter left tells the family that they were there when the deceased was killed in action. Dred Scott was never a soldier, but had much to do with the start of the Civil War.