The Old Confederate Cemetery in Lynchburg Virginia, a Resting Place for the Civil War Dead From the North and South
A Confederate Cemetery inside the 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 walk around and read the interesting tombstone inscriptions.
Both of these cemeteries are well cared for by the City itself, and there has been a lot of effort, by the City and local supporters, put into making the site not only a place of contemplation, but one that gives you snippets of our nation's 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 the Confederate Cemetery in Lynchburg VA
Lynchburg Hospital in 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 located away from the fighting front.
book of Stories about the Lynchburg City Cemetery
Infections killed 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.
The book, 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.
The PEST HOUSE MEDICAL MUSEUM
There is a small museum called the Pest House Medical Museum located nearby, and it includes a room with a realistic depiction of what was at the time called the House of Pestilence. This was actually a quarantine hospital during this period of time 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 and many of these markers are contain 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 Video Tour of the Confederate Cemetery in Lynchburg VA.
Some Pictures in the Confederate Cemetery
Pictures of Interest in the Confederate Cemetery
A Video Tour of Lynchburg Virginia
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