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The Old Confederate Cemetery in Lynchburg Virginia, a Resting Place for the Civil War Dead From the North and South

Don is a Writer and a Storyteller. He has published over 9 books on varied subjects along with many articles and commentary on his blogs.

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

Archway to the Confederate Cemetery in the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg VA

Archway to the Confederate Cemetery in the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg VA

Lynchburg Hospital in the Civil War

Lynchburg Virginia was a strategic site for the Confederacy during 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

Archway Detail

Archway Detail

Obelisk of names and locations

Obelisk of names and locations

Smallpox Marker

Smallpox Marker

Smallpox Marker

Smallpox Marker

Pictures of Interest in the Confederate Cemetery

View of Confederate Graves

View of Confederate Graves

View of Confederate Graves

View of Confederate Graves

View of Confederate Graves

View of Confederate Graves

View of Confederate Graves

View of Confederate Graves

Grave Marker of Andrew Johnson, Confederate Army

Grave Marker of Andrew Johnson, Confederate Army

Confederate Grave Marker

Confederate Grave Marker

Confederate Grave Marker

Confederate Grave Marker

Marker on removal of Union Soldiers remains

Marker on removal of Union Soldiers remains

A Video Tour of Lynchburg Virginia

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Comments

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on August 23, 2016:

You are most welcome Don.

Shyron

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on August 23, 2016:

Sharon E Shenko - I am happy I was able to provide some of the feelings you have when you walk through this old but well kept cemetery.

It contains such a wonderful and varied slice of America's history.

Thanks for the read and the comment,

DON

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on August 22, 2016:

Don, thank you for this article, you write this as if this old cemetery is a book in its self, telling the story of who fought who and in the end all ended up the same, no matter which row they were planted in or how much money they were worth in life.

Blessings to you my friend

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on September 08, 2015:

peachpurple- Sad? In a way, I guess. But contrary to what you see in movies and from radicals in our society, this ridiculous war was a political war where the working class people died by the tens of thousands, often over issues that they were not involved with.

This cemetery is a snapshot for future Americans to observe and not just honor the dead, from both sides, but learn from a point of time in our history when political differences drove a nation close to the point of being dissolved.

Sure, it can be a sad place, but I hope I can still smile when I go there because we, as a nation learned some hard lessons.

Thanks for the comment,

DON

peachy from Home Sweet Home on September 08, 2015:

it must be very sad to walk through the cemetery, thinking about the lost lives

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on April 05, 2015:

Besarien- Yes,it is a wonderful place to visit. There have been some great city employees and volunteers, over the years, who keep the gardens in fantastic shape and there are numerous benches placed for visitors to sit and enjoy the quiet beauty. I ry to go there at least once each time I go back home and visit family.

Thanks for the read and comment,

Don

Besarien from South Florida on April 04, 2015:

What a beautiful old cemetery! Your photos are gorgeous. It looks like a great place to draw, learn about history, or just commune with nature. I think the one in Lynchburg must be rare in that it has a "Negro Row." Lots of them were strictly "white only" at that time and later. We have an old park type cemetery that has always had excellent upkeep about a five minute walk from where we live in Asheville NC where many civil war soldiers were buried as well as writers O. Henry and Thomas Wolfe. Cemeteries like these really are national treasures.

Patty Dole from Somewhere in Europe on October 24, 2014:

I look forward to seeing the photos!

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on October 23, 2014:

pattydole70- Thanks for taking the time to read my article and look at the many photos of a few of the older tombstones in this old Cemetery.

I plan to go back this Autumn for even more pictures and information on the history of this old city treasure.

Thanks again, DON

Patty Dole from Somewhere in Europe on October 22, 2014:

This is simply breathtaking! I do look forward to seeing Lynchburg Virginia. I am from West Virginia myself and have been to some of the counties in Virginia. It is a lovely state indeed.

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on August 18, 2014:

Patsybell- Cemeteries are some of the few places that we aggressively destructive Americans will walk around as we constantly update remodel, and "improve " our national landscape.

And, they are some of the few places that lend themselves to quiet, serenity, and thought.

Yeah! I love them also.

DON

Patsy Bell Hobson from zone 6a, SEMO on August 18, 2014:

Oh, this is interesting. I've only seen the Confederate Cemetery near Independence MO. These are beautiful places. I like the idea of a series.

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on August 17, 2014:

It sounds as if you have enough work back done to really benefit from U.S. Census research. From 1850 to 1940 (except for the pesky missing 1890) it is really fun to work your way back, see how the families grew, where they lived, what they were doing. Best wishes!! ;-)

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on August 17, 2014:

Homeplace Series- I was amazed when I started ont to see that county records, even marriages rarely used female full names. It was often jus something like, " ....married to Francis, daughter of James and Susan Jones of Henrico County....". I and my cousin have actually managed to add a little more infor on some of these women, but boy is it hard. I have my grandmothers family bible, which was loaded with family data from them on down, but those older generations have been a problem.

That's why I came up with the spreadsheet so I could eliminate redundancy and keep things accurate.

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on August 17, 2014:

For sure, Don. And, you have other lines, especially the maternal lines, and those aunts and uncles, that played a critical role in making you who you are. Hope you enjoy getting back to it. ;-)

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on August 17, 2014:

HS- I have always been interested in my family history and I was lucky enough to have a cousin that retired about 7-8 years before I did. He made it a full time job to trace our BOBBITT family and was diligent enough to take it back to William Bobbitt who came over to Virginia with a land grant from King George in 1647. I took the time to put the raw data into a spreadsheet for easier tracking and then I stopped. You remind me that i need to get back onto that project. LOL!

Thanks for the comment,

DON

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on August 16, 2014:

My wife and I have been active family history and genealogy researchers for about 20 years. Love to visit cemeteries. Thanks for sharing!!

Just now reading Road to Glory, a biography (very large) of Robert E. Lee... just in the Mexican War, right now... ;-)

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on August 10, 2014:

ChristinS- Thanks for the read and comment. Like you, I do enjoy the serenity and beauty of a walk in an old Cemetery. These newer formally organized ones are nothing like the older ones that were almost haphazardly developed. They were more a response to a need than a planned layout. The Civil War was our (Americas) only real conflict where we had to learn how cruel people can be to each other. And, sad to say, both sides treated prisoners horribly.

Oh well, maybe we have matured in our attitudes on how to treat our fellow humans.

Thanks again,

DON

Christin Sander from Midwest on August 09, 2014:

Love the photos, this would be such an interesting site to visit. I love old cemeteries and their history, always have. I live near a civil war / confederate cemetery site in Illinois that many don't know about. There was a prison here where the soldiers died of horrific things like smallpox and dysentery. There was even an island in the river where they were sent to be quarantined. Of course many of them never left. Today, that island is under water, but many of the names are on a monument in the cemetery. The cemetery and memorials in your hub reminds me a lot of the one here. It's eerie and beautiful all at the same time. Very interesting hub! :)

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on August 09, 2014:

Cemeteries really tell a tale of those who've gone before us. My Dad used to take us to read the inscriptions at graveyards when we were young. Thank you for presenting this interesting place.

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on August 09, 2014:

Patsybell- Thanks so much for the read and the compliment.

Have a great day,

DON

Patsy Bell Hobson from zone 6a, SEMO on August 07, 2014:

Vacation time is a great time to take a stroll through historic sites. I like your style.Voted up, IU pin

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on June 08, 2013:

KDeus- I am glad that you enjoyed my article on this out-of-the-way yet well kept Cemetery.

And, I appreciate that you shared the article along with the Vote UP.

Have a great day,

DON

Keely Deuschle from Florida on June 08, 2013:

Wonderful article! I haven't been to this cemetery...YET...but I will definitely make it there one day! Beautifully written and wonderful photographs that make me feel like I'm right there! Thank you for sharing this with us!! Shared and voted up!

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on October 04, 2012:

Wilderness- Thanks for the comment and I am glad that you enjoyed the pictures. Actually, most of the pictures are of the tombstones with the worst weathering and damage. I was trying to capture these as they werefor the future, in case no one else has done so.

Dan Harmon from Boise, Idaho on October 03, 2012:

I've been here, to the Confederate Cemetery in Lynchburg, and it really is an interesting place to visit. Thanks for bringing back the memories. Some of your pictures I still remember seeing even though it was years ago.

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on October 29, 2011:

Thanks for the response Thomas and I am really glad that you liked the pictures.I had a great day there walking around and imagining the lives and the history that I was surrounded by.

ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on October 29, 2011:

Don...

You have done a great job here with the narrative, pictures, and the ability to place the reader within the stone archway leading to the cemetery.

As one who likes cemeteries (old ones) you reminded me of a trip through the Shenandoah Valley a decade or so back...there was a great one in (I think) New Market.

Thank you for sharing the history!

Thomas

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on August 12, 2010:

Thanks Patricia, I was awed by the overall beauty of the setting and power of the history that was laid out so well for the time to appreciate. I only had a few hours to take my pictures, and later do my research and interpret the headstones. I hope to stop there with a better plan and more time to improve on this Hub later. Thanks again.

Patricia Harvey, DC on August 12, 2010:

I visited a friend last weekend and she was showing me around Lynchburg and we stopped off here for a while; i was completely mesmerized by the history beauty and sadness -- I will visit again when i have more time. Such a tribute!

shelby on June 07, 2010:

Don - A good job here - pictures and commentary! Makes me want to go for a visit. May have a family member from the early 1800's buried there.

shelby

Virginia Bobbitt on June 07, 2010:

Very informative! Great photos.

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