A question for you: Do you have a memory from your childhood, something that you saw or experienced and wondered about at the time but didn't really understand? Just recently, a childhood memory came to me and I typed these words into a search engine: "Civil War Graves in Forsyth, GA"...
When I was ten years old, I lived in the small town of Forsyth, Georgia, just outside of Macon. There was a graveyard right next to the school playground. The first time that I played there, I remember looking up and the sight of the graves just stopped me in my tracks. I had seen unmarked Civil War graves before but never this many, there were rows upon rows of them. The words on each one were the same: "Unknown Confederate Soldier". I didn't know the exact number of graves as a child but I now know that there are 300 buried there. Someone else from Forsyth wondered about this too...Linda Hallman was a student at Mary Persons High School (the high school was just next to the elementary school) and as a member of the High School band, they would often practice next to the graveyard as the football players would be using the football field for practice. She did a lot of research and over the years, she has been able to identify two hundred of those buried. There are now new gravestones for them. You may read more about Linda Hallman and her work just here.
During the Civil War, the wounded were brought to a special hospital camp in Forsyth and 300 soldiers are buried in a Confederate cemetery in the town. The number of injured soldiers brought to Forsyth is said to have been 20,000. Every available shelter in Forsyth was used: the courthouse, the College, the Hilliard Institute, the Lumpkin Hotel, stores, and even private homes. Eventually, tent hospitals were used to handle all of the injured soldiers: there was simply nowhere else to put them.
Do you have a similar memory from your childhood? Something that you remember and wondered about at the time but were unable to find out about it because you were just a kid? Well , guess what...look it up now and let me know what you find. Do a post about it if you can.
|Yellow Daisies, they were also called Confederate Daisies.|