That's pretty neat OP.
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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.
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That's pretty neat OP.
I spend a lot of time in cemeteries and appreciate your interest in history
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"A lot of phonies in the world who portray themselves as "victims". It takes a great deal of discernment to know they are fake."
A historically significant cemetery, no doubt!
Bellefontaine is also interesting. Among the notable interred there are Roswell Field (Dred Scott's attorney), Sterling Price (Major General CSA), and Meriwether Lewis Clark (Colonel CSA, son of William Clark of the Lewis & Clark expedition).
Almost forgot...Samuel Hawken is also buried I believe at Bellefontaine. He was the maker of the famed Hawken rifle.
[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people. ---Tenche Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.
Been there many times myself. Every Memorial day we go there or Jefferson Barracks. Wife has family buried at both. Amazing cemeteries.
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain."
- Roy Batty
There is just something about a cemetery, especially when it is full of the bodies of heroes...
US Military cemetery in Liege, Belgium in 2011.
My Mother is buried in Kentucky in a cemetery known as Campground, the Confederate Army spent the winter there and even to this day sometimes a Minnie ball or belt buckle will be dug up while digging a grave. Some of the headstones are nothing but pieces of fieldstone with a date and name chiseled into them.
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I belong to an organization here in Indiana that maintains the gravesites of both Union and Confederate soldiers buried in Indiana. Each April, we visit Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, a sprawling 605 acre property, to put flags on the graves of 1,616 Confederates who died while prisoners at Camp Morton during The Conflict. Many years ago, I used to be active in conducting tours at both Gettysburg and Antietam during the summer months but haven't done that in over 25 years.
And then you have those that still claim "raciest" and KKK in regards to the civil war and grave sites. This article, anti-Confederate, has the gal to bring up the United Daughters of the Confederacy ~ shesh, we raise private money to put on the graves and receive no monies from tax payers or the government. One of the ladies in the group has hand made a quilt and we are raffling tickets for money, we put in our own money and exchange books for money to put flags on these graves. When are they going to let this raciest thing die?! Whomever wrote this article doesn't have a clue to what they are talking about, just their opinion. The lies still are alive and well.
You Won't Believe What the Government Spends on Confederate Graves - Steven I. Weiss - The Atlantic
Edited to add: The picture says the flag is the Confederate Cross and that is incorrect. The flag in the picture in Charleston, SC on the graves is the Confederate Navy Jack and was used at SEA from 1863 onward.
The Southern Cross is the Battle Flag which is similar in looks but it is a square, not a rectangle as the flags pictured.