Sorry about the slow posting as of late. I've been
traveling, speaking to various groups. On one of my trips, I was speaking to
the Round Table in Lynchburg, Virginia, and got to revisit the Old Lynchburg
City Cemetery. Over the next few days, I'm going to try and tell a few of
stories behind some of the pictures of stones that I captured.
Lynchburg became a vast hospital complex during the war.
There were 31 different structures (based upon a map at the cemetery) that
served as hospitals. An estimated 20,000 men were treated there, with 3,000
deaths (Confederate and a few Federal).
Many of those who died are interred at the Old City
Cemetery. Their graves are marked with simple stone grave markers, carved with
their initials, company and regiment. A link to those buried here can be found
The photo above is just one of the Confederate monuments in
the cemetery. This monument is dedicated to those who died of smallpox during
I have visited this cemetery twice: once when I was working
on the book on the 37th NCT, and again in September 2012.