|A tattered American flag in the grass at Hartford's Old North Cemetery.|
|Toppled memorial for Private Joseph Matthewson|
of the 12th Connecticut. He was 22 when he
died in New Orleans.
On a quick drive-by visit to the cemetery Monday to check out the Weld brothers memorial, I was stunned by the state of neglect. A more extensive visit this morning -- and really, what's a Fourth of July without a cemetery visit in hot, humid weather? -- only confirmed my first impression. Trash, including drug paraphernalia, littered the property, and weeds and uncut grass obscured gravestones, many of which were toppled or broken. The good news: The city is making an effort to clean the place up. New benches were added and paths have been re-paved. The bad news: It's definitely going to take awhile.
|The broken tombstone for Orrin J. Williams, a private in the 29th Connecticut, |
a regiment of black soldiers. Williams was from Madison, Conn.
|The fiancee of Nathan Hale, the Revolutionary War hero hanged by the |
British, is buried in Old North Cemetery.
|ABOVE AND BELOW: Close-ups of the artistry on tombstones|
at Hartford's Old North Cemetery.