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Haldeman cribs (5)

The architecture on graves like these – a little fenced enclosure – is called a crib. Despite the association that you might initially have, a crib grave is not necessarily for an infant or child. It probably is meant to convey a sense of comfort and security on those who come to visit a deceased love one, though. Our cribs that we slept in as infants were places where we were warm and safe, carefully watched over by guardians.


As I said before, despite its strong harkening to infancy, the crib grave design is used for adults as well as children.  Most cribs I have seen date to the 19th century.

Anne Upshur

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Whenever I stroll through a cemetery that has tombstones from the 19th century, I think of an story one of my women’s history professors in graduate school told me.

Ann Randolph Titler

As my professor told it, when she became interested in women’s history while in college, one of her history professors tried to discourage her. After various arguments as to why women did not constitute a worthy area of historical interest, he concluded with a declaration about how women’s history couldn’t be done anyway because women change their names when they marry and there is no way to trace them. Now there are plenty of ways in which I could dispute that old curmudgeon’s theories about women’s history and the possibility of studying women, but the I mostly just chuckle at the ludicrous idea that women’s history will run aground because women change their names at marriage. (We’ll leave aside that name-changing is culture-specific rather than universal.) After all, it’s not like there are government documents or possibly even tombstones where women’s names before and after marriage might be recorded, right?*

Murray (3)

*Heavy sarcasm alert.


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While I continue to sort through and upload all the photos from my vacation, why don’t you check out some of these posts featuring angels from other bloggers.

From the Graveyard Detective, two small angels flank the base of this cross at Hurst Green Roman Catholic Cemetery in Lancashire, United Kingdom.

Sleeping Gardens also features a pair of angels on the monument memorializing Johanna Sophia Elisabeth Otter. That blog also has a lovely entry for Wednesday’s Child with a child-like angel.

Stone Gardens brings us the story of the World War II war babies of Fairview Cemetery, Texas, and the angel that watches over them.

Finally, Over Thy Dead Body has a fallen angel in Dublin’s St. Jerome Cemetery.

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Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, New York, currently has a Canadian goose who has laid her eggs in one of the urns. A resident deer has appointed himself guardian. The cemetery has set up a fence to keep onlookers a respectful distance away, volunteers to patrol the area, and a goose-cam. Click here and look for the video link on the right hand side of the page.

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Got back from vacation yesterday, and it was a great vacation for a cemetery blogger. We visited south central Pennsylvania and stayed with my family. Cemetery-wise, I visited Harrisburg Cemetery, Old Carlisle Graveyard, the National Cemetery at Gettysburg, and Memorial Park in Carlisle (formerly Lincoln Cemetery). I didn’t get much time to walk through and take photographs, but I also saw Lincoln Cemetery in Mechanicsburg, Lincoln Cemetery in Gettysburg, and Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg. The Lincoln cemeteries were all African-American burial grounds. Of course, the National Civil War Museum and the National Military Park will also provide blog fodder. Unfortunately, we couldn’t figure out how to get close enough to the Carlisle Indian School Cemetery this time.

I also picked up books on the history of Gettysburg’s Evergreen Cemetery and Lincoln Cemetery.

Oh, and I realized I also forgot the anniversary of the blog on April 5th. Happy blog-iversary to me!

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The Fullerton-Reimann family is memorialized in this knotwork cross.

Fullerton Reimann

This cross sits up on a hill, so I was only able to photograph it from a significant distance.


This cross marks the final resting place of John W. Crafts.

John Crafts

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Rick James

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Charles Washington Harvey detail

Charles Washington Harvey

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One hundred and fifty years ago today, the first shots were fired on Fort Sumter.  This event is considered to be the beginning of the U.S. Civil War.  The bloody struggle raged for four years, and is one of the most consistently evident historical events in the cemeteries I visit.  A significant percentage of Civil War veterans, whatever their later occupations or accomplishments, had their war service noted on their tombstones.

The Civil War dead I want to look at today, though, have memorials that are centered around their service. I found this circle of government-issue markers in Spring Grove Cemetery, centered around an upright artillery barrel.


There are at least 4 concentric circles of markers like this that surround the gun.

Harman Detterman

Harman Detterman

Just outside the circles is also this cannon and a flagpole. The plaque on the side of the cannon states that it specifically honors the unknown soldiers of the Civil War.



There will be a great deal going on in this sesquicentennial of the first year of the Civil War, and for the next four years. I encourage you to go out and participate in some of those activities.

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