|8 January 2016: National Cemetery, Staunton, Virginia, © 2016 Richard G. Williams, Jr.|
The topic for one of those essays will be Civil War cemeteries. Living in the Shenandoah Valley provides me with some excellent source material close at hand - including the one referenced in the image here. I took this photo with an iPhone 6 and used an app to add a "grunge/vintage" look. I actually like the way it turned out, particularly with the Christmas wreaths.
Officially known as National Cemetery in Staunton, Virginia, this particular cemetery is still most often referred to as "Yankee Cemetery" by locals. This cemetery has an interesting history which I may tackle in the essay for ECWC. In 1870 there were 753 Civil War soldiers in the cemetery. Today, this hallowed ground is the final resting place for 989 fallen.
The cemetery is now full and has been closed for new burials since 1983.