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I can’t find an exact source for the epitaph for Julia Crawford, but Christ is frequently characterized as the bridegroom and a Christian or the church as his bride.

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The name Guinness may be world-famous for brewing, but they played other roles in Irish history. Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness was the grandson of Arthur Guinness, founder of the brewery. Born in Dublin in 1798, Benjamin became Lord Mayor of Dublin, and in 1865, he was elected to the House of Commons to represent his native city. His statue sits outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral because he personally funded the restoration of the cathedral in the early 1860s. He was made a baronet in recognition of this philanthropy.

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This monument was put in sometime very recently, because it was not erected yet the last time I visited Lake View Cemetery, but it was there when I traveled there Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend.

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Birdbath monument

That would be because they’re metal and welded to the monument. But they’re still very cute.

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John Burns statue

John Burns was a 67 year old veteran of the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War when the Civil War broke out. Burns tried to volunteer as a soldier once again but was turned down due to his age. He returned to his hometown of Gettysburg and became constable. When the Civil War appeared on his doorstep, he picked up his flintlock musket and went out to join the fray. Lt. Col. Thomas Chamberlin of the 150th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, recorded in his diary being approached by Burns and asked if he could join the regiment and fight. Colonel Wister of the 150th granted his permission and sent the elderly man into the woods by McPherson Farm, where he fought next to the famous Iron Brigade. He was wounded and captured but soon released. Burns became a national hero, even meeting President Abraham Lincoln when he visited in November to dedicate the National Cemetery. He passed away in 1872. The statue to him on the battlefield was dedicated on July 1, 1903, the 40th anniversary of his deeds in the battle.

John Burns, The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War.

John Burns: Citizen Soldier at the Battle of Gettysburg. Civil War Sources.

John Burns of Gettysburg – Some Rare Trivia. Civil War Talk.

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The Della plot in Lake View Cemetery is marked with a pieta – a statue of the Virgin Mary with the dead Christ in her arms. The word Pieta means “pity.”

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When we were at Calvary Cemetery, Mike pointed out the abbreviation on the pedestal and asked why the letters would be in that order. Based on the rest of the inscription being in Latin, I’m assuming its because the most common order of the words “Blessed Virgin Mary” is “Beatae Mariae Virginis.” I’ve seen some English sites try to maintain the abbreviation by making it “Blessed Mary the Virgin.”

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Earlier this week, I wrote about the symbolism of wreaths, particularly laurel wreaths, in cemeteries. Wreaths signify immortality and victory of the soul over death. In addition to appearing on the sides of monuments, they fit nicely into the hands of statues that sit mourning on top of (or on the side of) the pedestal.

This statue, a wreath resting on her knee, serenely watches over the memorial for Isaac Bates in Spring Grove Cemetery.

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The statue on the Doane monument walks, her eyes cast downward, with a wreath carved of leaves that seem to be laurel.

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The Tanner statue rests her arm on a draped urn as she stares at it, wreath in her hand.

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