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1816 – 1884

A little weather worn, actually a lot.

1816 - 1884
1816 – 1884

This person lived in a most interesting time in history.

When born Charleston was the wealthiest city in the new US. However, they also witnessed the civil war which ravaged Charleston, also a large fire which burned the town. Somewhere in there was a yellow fever outbreak.

Maybe 2020 wasn’t so bad after all.

Monument To South Carolina Gettysburg Deaths

On the edge of this military cemetery is a monument dedicated to local soldiers who were killed in the Civil War battle at Gettysburg, PA.

This was the largest and most costly battle with approximately 50,000 casualties. It was also the turning point of the war.

Monument To South Carolina Gettysburg Deaths
Monument To South Carolina Gettysburg Deaths

The remains of the South Carolina regiments were returned after the war and buried here in Magnolias Soldiers Ground.

Around the cemetery the year 1863 is the most common date. The day after Gettysburg a second battle at Vicksburg, MS was ended. Another confrontation with a large number of casualties.

Found On A Walk – Color

Old cemeteries are not laid out, all in rows, like the modern designs.

For me that means in different nooks and crannies new items are all around.

Found On A Walk - Color
Found On A Walk – Color

While Charleston was trying to recover, and rebuild, from the Civil War damage a new disaster hit. August 31st, 1886 one of the largest earthquakes on record almost destroyed the town. Above is part of an old, and broken, monolith marking a victim of the quake.

Found On A Walk - Color
Found On A Walk – Color

Near the first grave site above was a series of stones, all close and tight with each other. Henriette Wildhagen (above) would have lived in town when the quake struck.

This cemetery allows you to see connections between the different people, and families, that lived in Charleston over the centuries.

You can follow from the original founders of the US, through wars, natural disasters, even several pandemics on a walk here.