Magnolia Cemetery was the first true cemetery in Charleston. Tradition was still strong to be buried in your church grave yard. Elsewhere cemeteries with opulent head stones and mausoleum where popular.
The well known and wealthy citizens of Charleston supported the cemetery, but not enough to be buried there.
The US Civil War was a great equalizer. At the end of the war Charleston, once the wealthiest city in the US, had lost all it’s riches.
Soldiers and sailors were buried here then, and soon after much of the city was joining them.