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Forgotten Friday – Chama Cemetary

Chama Cemetery in Chama, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico.

From NM 17 north of Chama, just past river bridge, take road S at ‘Cemetery’ sign. Take left fork to cemetery; at end of road.

There are a total of 79 grave sites with the oldest birth being around 1842.

Sadly, I found quite a few graves with very young children.

 

 

 

 

And many unmarked graves

 

“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.” ~ George Eliot

Andersonville National Historic Site, GA

Imagine yourself as a prisoner of war (POW) struggling to survive in a disease-ridden prison, sometimes in aching isolation, sometimes in filthy, overcrowded conditions. Imagine the day-to-day uncertainty when all you can think about is food, water, freedom, and death.

“No one can imagine the agony of continued hunger unless he has experienced it. I have felt it, witnessed it, yet I cannot find the language to adequately describe it” ~ POW George Tibbles, 4th Iowa Infantry

Established in 1970, Andersonville National Historic Site has three main features: The National Prisoner of War Museum, which also serves as a visitor center; the Prison Site; and Andersonville National Cemetery.

Andersonville National Cemetery, established July 26, 1865, is a permanent resting place of honor for deceased veterans. The first interments, in February 1864, were soldiers who died in the prison (13,000). By 1868 over 800 more, totaling 13,800, interments were added that died in hospitals, other prison camps, and on battle fields of central and southwest Georgia. 500 of these graves are marked “unknown US soldier”. Today the cemetery contains over 19,000 interments.

 

The camp was covered with vermin all over. You could not sit down anywhere. You might go and pick the lice all off of you, and sit down for a half a moment and get up and you would be covered with them. In between these two hills it was very swampy, all black mud, and where the filth was wmptied it was all alive; there was a regular buzz there all the time, and it was covered with large white maggots.” ~ Sgt. Samuel Corthell Co. C, 4th Massachusetts Calvary

 

Speaks for itself…

I normally do not find myself in cemeteries but I found this to be an exception. The Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, GA was extraordinary.

I was curious as to the historical side of this place more so than the gravestones. Yet, while walking through the area, I found myself in awe of the beauty in some of them. This saying, in particular, caught my eye. It was written on the side of a gentleman’s gravestone. I think it says it all.