A Recovering Brit at the Cemetery

Snippets Of Civil War In Knoxville

I started out at Knoxville National Cemetery. It was established in 1863 during the Civil War, to bury Union soldiers, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. It contains casualties from the battle of Fort Sanders and the East Tennessee Campaign, including Union General Joseph Cooper.

The lighting was lovely, and I loved the shadows cast by the headstones on the ground. I'm always fascinated by history, and cemeteries are a wonderful way to connect with the past. There's also something very powerful about being in a military cemetery where the majority of graves are identical. It somehow highlights the enormity of losses more so for me than when I scan a cemetery of vastly different graves.

And you can't miss the 60 foot Union Soldier Monument in one corner of the cemetery—one of the largest Union monuments in the southern states, completed in 1901. When I first arrived, it was still quite early and the sun was relatively low in the sky, so I caught it in wonderful light. Such a beautiful monument, and beautiful resting place.

—therecoveringbrit, therecoveringbrit.wordpress.com, Dec. 13, 2011