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In Soldiers Ground, Magnolia Cemetery

While out in the old ‘soldiers ground’ section of Charleston’s Magnolia Cemetery I made a few new surprising discoveries.

In Soldiers Ground, Magnolia Cemetery
In Soldiers Ground, Magnolia Cemetery

Above is a marker I found off to the side of the main section. Near a tool shed was a standard confederate military head stone.

However Rebecca Sineath, of Morris Island, South Carolina is buried here. She was the laundress for the 12st South Carolina Infantry.

Interesting she was from Morris Island. It is nothing but a sand bar now with an old unused lighthouse.

The battle of Morris Island, July 1863, was an unsuccessful Union assault. The famous 54th Massachusetts Infantry, an all African American unit proved their valor and changed the perspective of Union leaders. The movie ‘Glory’ was based on this battle.

In Soldiers Ground, Magnolia Cemetery
In Soldiers Ground, Magnolia Cemetery

Another unusual find was in the Unknown Sailors area. A new flag, the Bonnie Blue, had been placed.

The Bonnie Blue, though associated with the south was actually based on a marching song used by both North and South.

And wait, there’s more. An old stone for Intibus George can be found at the end of the Unknowns. The name, not a usual old southern one.

Even though Soldiers Ground is in South Carolina I have found grave sites for northern military and other people associated with the Civil War units.

Another ‘Found On A Walk’ adventure.

Umbria Magnolia Plantation – 1805

Umbria Magnolia plantation sat at the top of the Charleston peninsula. Built in 1805 Umbria grew rice like most of the Lowcountry plantations.

Just prior to the US Civil War 92 acres were deeded to create a large cemetery. A new idea since most everyone was expected to be buried in their church yard. A pandemic (of course) of Yellow Fever quickly filled the old church yards so the cemetery became necessary.

Umbria Magnolia Plantation - 1805
Umbria Magnolia Plantation – 1805

Both confederate and union troops camped on the grounds during the war. Ultimately most of the plantation became a cemetery, a section called ‘Solders Ground’ became a confederate military cemetery.

In 2019-2020 the original building was renovated and houses the cemeteries offices.

Magnolia Cemetery, along with Bonaventure in Savannah and St. Louis in New Orleans, is one of the famous southern Gothic / Victorian cemeteries in the US.

Cemetery Mallards

Almost city birds. A large pond, near the marsh and Cooper River, so it’s almost in town.

Cemetery Mallards
Cemetery Mallards

They did break the rule a little since Alligators do come over from the marsh. That’s why the ‘almost’ city dwellers.

Cemetery Mallards
Cemetery Mallards

Still it’s safer here than many other spots.

Cemetery Mallards
Cemetery Mallards

I’ve always loved Mallards. I once looked on line and found they are the second most photographed animal.

Yeah, number one… Cats of course.