Sunday, October 30, 2011

Hollywood Cemetery

In the spirit of Halloween, we decided to take a stroll through Hollywood Cemetery.  Far from your ordinary graveyard, this special place is host to 18,000 confederate soldiers, a few generals, the President of the Confederacy, and two U.S. Presidents.


We began our driving tour with Confederate soldiers' graves.  The area is highlighted by a memorial pyramid.




Near this area lies J.E.B. Stuart, the Confederate general and cavalry commander who has appeared on this blog in the past.  He lies here...


Another Confederate general, by the name of George Pickett, rests eternally here.  To make a long and complicated story short, Pickett is often credited with losing the war for the South after the infamous Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg.  


Downtown Richmond from the cemetery!


Ok, back to the dead guys.  Next we came across the grave of Jefferson Davis.  Davis served as the first and only President of the Confederate States of America.



Our journey concluded at the President's Circle.  Here lie James Monroe and John Tyler, the 5th and 10th Presidents of the United States, respectively.


President Monroe's tomb lies visibly above ground inside here





 
Happy Halloween!

-MB

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