The Old Confederate Cemetery in Lynchburg Virginia, a resting place for the CIVIL WAR Dead from the North and South

Confederate Cemetery inside Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg

If you ever get to Lynchburg Virginia, you need to take an hour or so and check out the Confederate Cemetery of Lynchburg

This Cemetery is actually located inside the Old City Cemetery of Lynchburg, and is itself worth the time you might take to inspect it.

Both of these cemeteries are well cared for by the City itself, and there has been a lot of effort, by the City and supporters, put into making the site not only a place of contemplation, but one that gives you snippets of our nations history at every turn, as you stroll through the site.

There are salvaged and restored historical buildings from around the area, beautiful Lily Ponds, classic flowering plants such as old, non-hybrid roses.

Also, for the many visitor's education there are many well-placed markers throughout this Cemetery explaining so many interesting pieces of the history of Lynchburg and it's people.

Archway Entrance to Confederate Cemetery in Lynchburg VA

Archway to the Confederate Cemetery in the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg VA
Archway to the Confederate Cemetery in the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg VA | Source

Lynchburg Hospital in the Civil War

Lynchburg Virginia was a strategic site for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

It was ideally placed along several railroad lines, and turned into a materials distribution point, and more importantly a site of hospitals for treating wounded Confederate soldiers and even some Federal soldiers.

Although all Army Field Hospitals were atrocious at the time, and had very low survival rates for soldiers, those that did survive their initial treatment, were often transported to hospitals as far from the battle fronts as possible.

If you survived the initial wound, and then the field hospital treatment, that was rudimentary at best, you did have a better chance to survive in these Army Hospitals, that were away from the fighting front.

Infections kill many of the soldiers on both sides.

There were obvious problems with infections, that killed many, but many more were treated and eventually were either released back to their units, or sometimes to go home, depending on how serious their wounds were.

At the time, another killer in any hospital, and especially in military hospitals was the disease Smallpox.

And if you visit this confederate Graveyard you will see the graves of many a Confederate soldier who was on the mend from his wounds only to succumb to this arbitrary killer of the times.

This Cemetery contains the remains of many soldiers from all of the Confederate states, and others.

Lynchburg, Then and Now

The Confederate Cemetery within the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg Virginia

The Confederate Cemetery itself is a peaceful and quiet place for a visit. It is well laid out, and sadly, there are over 2200 grave sites of soldiers from 14 states who died in the Hospitals in Lynchburg during the War Between the States.

There were originally over two hundred graves of Union soldiers who died in the Lynchburg Hospitals during the Civil War, but the Federal government moved almost all of these remains to other Union Cemeteries soon after the War.

There is an unmarked section of the grave sites, inside the Confederate Cemetery, that was called Negro Row. These are the sites of internment for hospital slaves and officers servants that died during the War.

The occupants of these graves are fairly well documented, and much of the data that is available, as well as other sources and links, are available via another a very good website called GraveGarden .

As you can see from the the pictures I have attached, the Confederate Cemetery includes some other very interesting items, including an Obelisk listing the states of the soldiers buried there. This obelisk was erected in 1869 by the local Ladies Memorial Association.

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The PEST HOUSE MEDICAL MUSEUM

The Pest House Medical Museum is nearby, and includes a room with a realistic depiction of what was at the time called the House of Pestilence, which was a quarantine hospital in Lynchburg run by a Doctor John J. Terrell.

There are a number of very informative markers at the entrance to the Confederate Cemetery, and placed around the grave sites themselves.

Many of these markers are excerpts from the local newspapers at the time, and are a good, informative read for the visitor.

As you can tell from the pictures here, most of the grave markers are marked in abbreviations of the dead soldiers name, as well as the Confederate Army unit and state that they served for.

But, some sites have additional markers placed there by family members, or others, in the past, that are a little more descriptive of the person.

Confederate Cemetery inside the Old City Cemetery

A marker401 Taylor St, Lynchburg, Virginia 24501, -
401 Taylor St, Lynchburg, VA 24501, USA
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A Video Tour of the Confederate Cemetery in Lynchburg VA.

Some Pictures in the Confederate Cemetery

Archway Detail
Archway Detail | Source
Obelisk of names and locations
Obelisk of names and locations | Source
Smallpox Marker
Smallpox Marker | Source
Smallpox Marker
Smallpox Marker | Source

Pictures of Interest in the Confederate Cemetery

View of Confederate Graves
View of Confederate Graves | Source
View of Confederate Graves
View of Confederate Graves | Source
View of Confederate Graves
View of Confederate Graves | Source
View of Confederate Graves
View of Confederate Graves | Source
Grave Marker of Andrew Johnson, Confederate Army
Grave Marker of Andrew Johnson, Confederate Army | Source
Confederate Grave Marker
Confederate Grave Marker | Source
Confederate Grave Marker
Confederate Grave Marker | Source
Marker on removal of Union Soldiers remains
Marker on removal of Union Soldiers remains | Source

A Video Tour of Lynchburg Virginia

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Virginia Bobbitt 6 years ago

Very informative! Great photos.


shelby 6 years ago

Don - A good job here - pictures and commentary! Makes me want to go for a visit. May have a family member from the early 1800's buried there.

shelby


Patricia Harvey, DC 6 years ago

I visited a friend last weekend and she was showing me around Lynchburg and we stopped off here for a while; i was completely mesmerized by the history beauty and sadness -- I will visit again when i have more time. Such a tribute!


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Don Bobbitt 6 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Thanks Patricia, I was awed by the overall beauty of the setting and power of the history that was laid out so well for the time to appreciate. I only had a few hours to take my pictures, and later do my research and interpret the headstones. I hope to stop there with a better plan and more time to improve on this Hub later. Thanks again.


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Don...

You have done a great job here with the narrative, pictures, and the ability to place the reader within the stone archway leading to the cemetery.

As one who likes cemeteries (old ones) you reminded me of a trip through the Shenandoah Valley a decade or so back...there was a great one in (I think) New Market.

Thank you for sharing the history!

Thomas


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Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Thanks for the response Thomas and I am really glad that you liked the pictures.I had a great day there walking around and imagining the lives and the history that I was surrounded by.


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wilderness 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

I've been here, to the Confederate Cemetery in Lynchburg, and it really is an interesting place to visit. Thanks for bringing back the memories. Some of your pictures I still remember seeing even though it was years ago.


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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Wilderness- Thanks for the comment and I am glad that you enjoyed the pictures. Actually, most of the pictures are of the tombstones with the worst weathering and damage. I was trying to capture these as they werefor the future, in case no one else has done so.


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KDeus 3 years ago from Florida

Wonderful article! I haven't been to this cemetery...YET...but I will definitely make it there one day! Beautifully written and wonderful photographs that make me feel like I'm right there! Thank you for sharing this with us!! Shared and voted up!


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

KDeus- I am glad that you enjoyed my article on this out-of-the-way yet well kept Cemetery.

And, I appreciate that you shared the article along with the Vote UP.

Have a great day,

DON


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

Vacation time is a great time to take a stroll through historic sites. I like your style.Voted up, IU pin


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Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Patsybell- Thanks so much for the read and the compliment.

Have a great day,

DON


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Cemeteries really tell a tale of those who've gone before us. My Dad used to take us to read the inscriptions at graveyards when we were young. Thank you for presenting this interesting place.


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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest

Love the photos, this would be such an interesting site to visit. I love old cemeteries and their history, always have. I live near a civil war / confederate cemetery site in Illinois that many don't know about. There was a prison here where the soldiers died of horrific things like smallpox and dysentery. There was even an island in the river where they were sent to be quarantined. Of course many of them never left. Today, that island is under water, but many of the names are on a monument in the cemetery. The cemetery and memorials in your hub reminds me a lot of the one here. It's eerie and beautiful all at the same time. Very interesting hub! :)


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Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

ChristinS- Thanks for the read and comment. Like you, I do enjoy the serenity and beauty of a walk in an old Cemetery. These newer formally organized ones are nothing like the older ones that were almost haphazardly developed. They were more a response to a need than a planned layout. The Civil War was our (Americas) only real conflict where we had to learn how cruel people can be to each other. And, sad to say, both sides treated prisoners horribly.

Oh well, maybe we have matured in our attitudes on how to treat our fellow humans.

Thanks again,

DON


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Homeplace Series 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

My wife and I have been active family history and genealogy researchers for about 20 years. Love to visit cemeteries. Thanks for sharing!!

Just now reading Road to Glory, a biography (very large) of Robert E. Lee... just in the Mexican War, right now... ;-)


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Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

HS- I have always been interested in my family history and I was lucky enough to have a cousin that retired about 7-8 years before I did. He made it a full time job to trace our BOBBITT family and was diligent enough to take it back to William Bobbitt who came over to Virginia with a land grant from King George in 1647. I took the time to put the raw data into a spreadsheet for easier tracking and then I stopped. You remind me that i need to get back onto that project. LOL!

Thanks for the comment,

DON


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Homeplace Series 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

For sure, Don. And, you have other lines, especially the maternal lines, and those aunts and uncles, that played a critical role in making you who you are. Hope you enjoy getting back to it. ;-)


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Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Homeplace Series- I was amazed when I started ont to see that county records, even marriages rarely used female full names. It was often jus something like, " ....married to Francis, daughter of James and Susan Jones of Henrico County....". I and my cousin have actually managed to add a little more infor on some of these women, but boy is it hard. I have my grandmothers family bible, which was loaded with family data from them on down, but those older generations have been a problem.

That's why I came up with the spreadsheet so I could eliminate redundancy and keep things accurate.


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Homeplace Series 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

It sounds as if you have enough work back done to really benefit from U.S. Census research. From 1850 to 1940 (except for the pesky missing 1890) it is really fun to work your way back, see how the families grew, where they lived, what they were doing. Best wishes!! ;-)


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

Oh, this is interesting. I've only seen the Confederate Cemetery near Independence MO. These are beautiful places. I like the idea of a series.


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Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Patsybell- Cemeteries are some of the few places that we aggressively destructive Americans will walk around as we constantly update remodel, and "improve " our national landscape.

And, they are some of the few places that lend themselves to quiet, serenity, and thought.

Yeah! I love them also.

DON


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pattydole70 2 years ago from Somewhere in Europe

This is simply breathtaking! I do look forward to seeing Lynchburg Virginia. I am from West Virginia myself and have been to some of the counties in Virginia. It is a lovely state indeed.


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Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

pattydole70- Thanks for taking the time to read my article and look at the many photos of a few of the older tombstones in this old Cemetery.

I plan to go back this Autumn for even more pictures and information on the history of this old city treasure.

Thanks again, DON


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pattydole70 2 years ago from Somewhere in Europe

I look forward to seeing the photos!


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Besarien 20 months ago

What a beautiful old cemetery! Your photos are gorgeous. It looks like a great place to draw, learn about history, or just commune with nature. I think the one in Lynchburg must be rare in that it has a "Negro Row." Lots of them were strictly "white only" at that time and later. We have an old park type cemetery that has always had excellent upkeep about a five minute walk from where we live in Asheville NC where many civil war soldiers were buried as well as writers O. Henry and Thomas Wolfe. Cemeteries like these really are national treasures.


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Don Bobbitt 20 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Besarien- Yes,it is a wonderful place to visit. There have been some great city employees and volunteers, over the years, who keep the gardens in fantastic shape and there are numerous benches placed for visitors to sit and enjoy the quiet beauty. I ry to go there at least once each time I go back home and visit family.

Thanks for the read and comment,

Don


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peachpurple 15 months ago from Home Sweet Home

it must be very sad to walk through the cemetery, thinking about the lost lives


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Don Bobbitt 15 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

peachpurple- Sad? In a way, I guess. But contrary to what you see in movies and from radicals in our society, this ridiculous war was a political war where the working class people died by the tens of thousands, often over issues that they were not involved with.

This cemetery is a snapshot for future Americans to observe and not just honor the dead, from both sides, but learn from a point of time in our history when political differences drove a nation close to the point of being dissolved.

Sure, it can be a sad place, but I hope I can still smile when I go there because we, as a nation learned some hard lessons.

Thanks for the comment,

DON


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Shyron E Shenko 3 months ago

Don, thank you for this article, you write this as if this old cemetery is a book in its self, telling the story of who fought who and in the end all ended up the same, no matter which row they were planted in or how much money they were worth in life.

Blessings to you my friend


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Don Bobbitt 3 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Sharon E Shenko - I am happy I was able to provide some of the feelings you have when you walk through this old but well kept cemetery.

It contains such a wonderful and varied slice of America's history.

Thanks for the read and the comment,

DON


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Shyron E Shenko 3 months ago

You are most welcome Don.

Shyron

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