Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 09:05 AM.

Recently, I visited the gravesite of my great-great-grandfather.  The cemetery was literally out in the woods.  No church stood nearby, but I am sure one did a hundred years ago.  My brother had taken the time to clear the grounds of the cemetery and set headstones back up where he could.  It looked very nice.

It is interesting to read tombstones and see the symbols and artistry that are displayed.  Some of the tombstones noted deaths in the 1800’s.  There were many babies, which is always sad to see. 

Through the trees, there was a beautiful view of the hills and woods.  It seemed like a pretty good place to be buried, if it wasn’t so hard to get to.

Of the men buried there, it seemed all who had the opportunity to serve in The Civil War – did.  Of course being in rural Alabama, you would expect all of them to be Confederate Veterans.  There was one fellow who chose to fight with the only Alabama Northern Regiment.  I’m not sure why, I couldn’t really ask him.

Robert E. Lee once said, "Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more; you should never wish to do less."

All of these Civil War Veterans in the cemetery had survived the war to come home and live out the rest of their lives.  Regardless of the side they fought for, I am sure they thought they were doing their duty. 

Researching my great-great-grandfather’s regiment, I found first that he was captured in the last month of the war in North Carolina and that a large percentage of them did not make it home to be buried in the woods of land they knew.  I also found many interesting letters written by those who served in the regiment.

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