Category Archives: civil war

Feeling Spirits From Long Ago in Christ Church Cemetery, Cambridge, Maryland

 

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Historic Christ Church, Cambridge, Maryland 

Christ Church Cemetery is located at 601 Church Street in historic Cambridge, Maryland.  Some allege the cemetery is haunted. Established in the late 1600’s, Christ Church cemetery is the final resting place for original settlers of Cambridge, veterans of the American Revolutionary War, and veterans of the U.S. Civil War.

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American Revolutionary Graves, Christ Church Cemetery, Cambridge, Maryland

When I visit historic cemeteries, I like to bring flowers to place on the graves of civil war veterans. In Christ Church cemetery these graves were hard to find. In contrast, the American Revolutionary veteran graves were easily identifiable with the American flags and DAR markers. I had with me a list of the names of civil war veterans who are buried in the cemetery. When I found several of these graves, I was surprised that there was no indication that the person was a civil war veteran. I got a strong feeling that this history was purposely being hidden. It was common for families in Maryland to have had family members fighting on both sides of the civil war so perhaps this was a painful period that was preferred to be left in the past by the families.

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Christ Church Cemetery, Cambridge, Maryland

After laying flowers on several civil war veterans’ graves there was one grave I could not find. I decided to use a method that I’ve been using for years that always works. I call on the spirit of the deceased to guide me to their grave. I explain to them that I am there to visit them and to honor their service in the civil war.  A few seconds following this ritual, it worked. I found the grave of the veteran.

Although the cemetery is rumored to be haunted, I personally believe that spirits of the deceased like being remembered and appreciate being visited.

Reconciliation

 

“Reconciliation” is a photograph of the  Richmond Slavery Reconciliation sculpture which is located in the historic Shockoe Bottom neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia.  From the 1700’s to 1865, this area served as the second largest slave trading center in the country.  Artist Stephen Broadbent created this bronze sculpture which portrays two people melded in an embrace.  The sculpture stands nearby Richmond’s former slave market in Shockoe Bottom.

A framed photograph of “Reconciliation” is available for purchase here:

https://goo.gl/m2W939

 

The End of the Civil War Revisited – 150th Anniversary of Appomattox, VA

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The Beginning of the end of the Civil War Revisited – 150th Anniversary of Appomattox, VA, Encampment Weekend 07/26/2015
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The Beginning of the end of the Civil War Revisited – 150th Anniversary of Appomattox, VA, Encampment Weekend 07/26/2015
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The Beginning of the end of the Civil War Revisited – 150th Anniversary of Appomattox, VA, Encampment Weekend 07/26/2015
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The Beginning of the end of the Civil War Revisited – 150th Anniversary of Appomattox, VA, Encampment Weekend 07/26/2015
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The Beginning of the end of the Civil War Revisited – 150th Anniversary of Appomattox, VA, Encampment Weekend 07/26/2015
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The Beginning of the end of the Civil War Revisited – 150th Anniversary of Appomattox, VA, painting of the terms of surrender in the McLean House
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Confederate Cemetery maintained by the Daughters of the Confederacy, Appomattox, Virginia
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General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox, VA
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General Ulysses S. Grant, Appomattox, VA
The Beginning of the End of the Civil War Revisited – 150th Anniversary of Appomattox, VA Encampment Weekend 07/26/2015
Rein-actors at Appomattox, Va