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Exotic Revival Architecture

William Allen Rawson Born November 2, 1810 – Craftsbury, Orleans County, Vermont Died September 11, 1879 – Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa . Julia A. Root Rawson Born January 21, 1818 – Montague, Franklin County, Massachusetts Died July 31, 1865 … Continue reading

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Tools of the Trade

William Pope McArthur Born April 2, 1814, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri Died December 23, 1850, Panama The tall white marble gravestone in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. is a cenotaph—empty tomb.  According to the June 15th, 1854, Evening Star, there … Continue reading

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Mother and Daughter

May “Mollie” Cash Neal Born 1844, Louisiana Died October 1894, aged 49-50 Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Neal Born 1867, Louisiana Died June 17, 1889, aged 21-22 The monument in the historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta of two women sitting next two … Continue reading

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The Shepherd’s Crook

In Memory of My beloved husband EDWARD G. HANDY Born Nov. 11th, 1821 Died June 28th, 1871 A kind and thoughtful Husband …. …..Beloved sleep ISOBEL Y. P. HANDY 1823 – 1902 The rounded-top white marble gravestone of Edward and … Continue reading

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The Post Grand Sire

The cartouche on the face of the plinth is badly worn and eroded but is discernible: Frederick D. Stuart Post Grand Sire I.O.O.F. Born in Poughkeepsie N. Y. July 11, 1811 Died in Washington, D.C. January 25, 1878 Frederick D. … Continue reading

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The Helmet

ALEXANDER MACOMB MAJOR GENERAL COMMANDING-IN-CHIEF UNITED STATES ARMY DIED AT WASHINGTON THE SEAT OF GOVERNMENT 25 JUNE 1841 IT WERE BUT A SMALL TRIBUTE TO HIS MEMORY TO SAY THAT IN YOUTH AND MANHOOD, HE SERVED HIS COUNTRY IN THE … Continue reading

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The Mighty Cannon

The Mighty Cannon Near the entrance of the Rosehill Cemetery in the Northside of Chicago is a monument dedicated to Battery A of the Chicago Light Artillery unit.  According to a newspaper account from the time of the dedication, the … Continue reading

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