Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Silence and Respect

Yesterday, I mentioned that two of my favorite subjects (bugs and cemeteries) are abundant here. The bug photos from yesterday's post were all taken in my yard. For cemeteries, I do have to leave the property, but I don't have to go far.

I'll admit that my knowledge of Civil War history is basic at best, but I'm interested in learning more. There are some incredible monuments around the battlefields themselves. I'll share some shots of those in a future post. Many of them are actually quite heart-rending. There is also Soldier's National Cemetery (sometimes referred to as Gettysburg National Cemetery), where Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address, only about 10 miles away. More on this one later...I don't really feel that the photos I took there do it justice, so I want to make a return trip one of these days. For today, I'll share shots of Evergreen Cemetery, which borders the National Cemetery and also has much historic importance.

One of the largest graves is of the founder, or as his stone says, "proprietor" of Gettysburg, James Gettys.

The Gettysburg Women's Monument is also found in Evergreen Cemetery. Women of Gettysburg worked ceaselessly taking care of the soldiers who innundated their town. Their homes were turned into field hospitals and they had very little respite from the misery that surrounded them.

Here you can also find the grave of Jennie Wade, who was the only civillian killed in the Battle of Gettysburg. She was shot by a stray bullet while in her kitchen. Her gravestone says she was "making bread for Union soldiers."

And of course, in almost any cemetery with older graves, one can find monuments that make you pause...especially, for me, the children's graves. These are a lost art it seems.

And I'm not sure if this is intentional, but check out the middle spire on this one....not sure if it was intentional, but it looks like a skull to me.


pat said...

Oh! That DOES look like a skull! If it isn't, I wonder what it is supposed to represent. Looks like a wonderful old cemetary. I agree with you about the headstones/markers/monuments for chidrens' graves--they are so heart-rending, yet beautiful.

Julie said...

Beautiful captures. I have a thing for old cemetaries too.

Reds said...

Such beautiful piece of arts! So sad to know that these are graves for children.

Suzy said...

Each of these stones and pieces brings a different emotion and sense of someones loss. The child is so sad, but what a beautiful maker to remember him/her.

Elsie said...

Nobody does cemetery photography like YOU!

Lou said...

Your choice of B&W for these was just right. I like best the monument to women--wow. That sculpture looks made of iron.

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