Saturday, February 02, 2019

In 10 images: A walk in Andersonville National Cemetery

A passage from President Lincoln's first inaugural address on the Illinois monument.
On the Illinois monument, a stone figure of an officer among scores of  graves.

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At Andersonville National Cemetery, the rows of pearl-white tombstones are mind-numbing, almost impossible to process in just one visit. Nearly 13,000 Union soldiers who died at the prison camp a quarter-mile away rest in the red Georgia clay. Under a leaden sky, we examined the names on scores on the gravestones in the well-kept cemetery. The unknowns drew special attention. So, too, did the angel, eagle and bronze and stone figures who stand watch for eternity.

An angel overlooks two forlorn prisoners in bas-relief on the reverse of the New York monument.
Of the nearly 13,000 soldiers buried at Andersonville, 492 are unknown. Here are five of them.
A plaque on the front of the New York monument details the Empire State's sacrifice at Andersonville.
 A soldier in a great coat atop the Minnesota monument.
A weary soldier on the New York monument. 
A bronze figure of an eagle stands watch over the dead.
Words from the Bible inscribed on the bottom of a monument at a cemetery entrance.
A miniature American flag to honor an unknown.

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1 comment:

  1. To read my ancestor’s Andersonville experiences google Hiram’s Honor.