It's been awhile since I've joined Susan for Outdoor Wednesday, and I've really missed it! Please visit A Southern Daydreamer to see some beautiful outdoor photos.
On a recent trip to Columbus, Mississippi for a family wedding, we took some time to visit historic Friendship Cemetery. Y'all are going to start thinking I'm morbid, but I just love old historic cemeteries. It is truly an amazing place to visit. The sheer scale took our breath away. And looking at the old monuments and inscriptions is like looking through a history book. Friendship cemetery is credited as the founding site of Memorial day. It has a huge number of war veterans buried there, including Confederate and Union soldiers. Columbus was a hospital town during the Civil War, which enabled it to remain relatively unscathed during the war. They say that a Confederate Soldier can be seen patrolling the back of the grounds, with his pack and his musket. He must be camera shy, because I think we walked the entire 65 acres and didn't see hide nor hair of him. Maybe he only comes out at night?
Click to enlarge to see more detail. This is a stunning monument with the light playing over it.
Some of the monuments remind us of how difficult life was. This family lost their little boy when he was 3 months, 15 days old according to the inscription.
The Weeping Angel monument of Reverend Teasdale is probably the most photographed of all the sites at Friendship Cemetery. The pictures do not do it justice. It is truly breathtaking when seen in person. The detail of the stonework is just beautiful.
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