Category Archives: Cemetery

A Church Grave Yard, Charleston

Charleston is called ‘The Holy City’ because of the large number of churches in town, every denomination you can think of, and then some.

Because they are old each church typically has their own grave yard for members of the congregation. Today few have any open plots and a walk through them is a history lesson of the original colonies, US founders, and Civil War secessionists.

A Church Grave Yard, Charleston
A Church Grave Yard, Charleston

The headstone above caught my eye in one of the oldest grave yards in town. To shoot the photograph I had to lean through an old wrought iron fence pushing my lens through. Ten steps to the left was an open gate, but at the time…

A Church Grave Yard, Charleston
A Church Grave Yard, Charleston

I wanted to shoot these stones because they are great examples of New England stone carvings. The imagery, shapes, and style all are a type not available in the south.

Until the 1800’s grave stones were imported from the north. The rock quarries were there and the craftsmen too.

A Church Grave Yard, Charleston
A Church Grave Yard, Charleston

At some point the craftsmen recognized the wealth of the Charleston planters and either moved here or open trade offices. Even famous designers like Tiffany Co. serviced the homes and business in town.

Confederate Lt. Col, Died In Cuba, A Mystery

Andrew F. Browning, a memorial not grave site since he died in Cuba just days after General Lee surrendered at Appomattox.

Confederate Lt. Col, Died In Cuba, A Mystery
Confederate Lt. Col, Died In Cuba, A Mystery

He was assigned to Charleston security, but not there when it fell to Sherman. A year later he was a passenger on a ‘blockade’ runner headed for Cuba. Where he passed away soon after arriving.

The question is why was he there at all? He did have a political run in with a superior officer (who had killed another officer in a duel). But that was finished before his trip. Before the war he was a successful merchant.

Confederate Lt. Col, Died In Cuba, A Mystery
Confederate Lt. Col, Died In Cuba, A Mystery

No records have been found for his leaving the army and war. It could have been any number of reasons, still a mystery.

He was well thought of, enough so that this expensive monument and family grave sites was built in Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston.

 

Scene From An Old Cemetery

This quiet spot has a little bit of everything that makes up an old southern cemetery.

We visit these places often and always find something new, or a different way of seeing them. However, the usual end result is a monochrome style photograph.

Cemetery Black And White
Cemetery Black And White

Little Annie

Following the US Civil War families began to buy land in cemeteries rather than their church grave yards. The grave yards were full in many cases.

Little Annie
Little Annie

The Martin family had a large circular plot, which they surrounded with wrought iron fencing.

Little Annie is buried there.

Little Annie
Little Annie

Time has not been kind here and just recently parts of this historical fencing lost the battle to rust.

Little Annie
Little Annie

However, it did allow someone passing by to leave a small flower for Annie.

Little Annie
Little Annie

George Hughes, 7th Cavalry

Found on a walk grave site near a marsh. Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston.

George Huges, 7th Cavalry
George Hughes, 7th Cavalry

This stone was not in the military, Soldiers Ground, cemetery. George Hughes died in the 1890’s, long after the Civil War. The stone is under a large tree just off the banks of this marshland.

The 7th Cavalry was from the Beaufort, Colleton area of South Carolina. This is closer to Savannah, GA than Charleston.