Tuesday, January 31, 2012
In Graves County, Kentucky the wounds still run deep from what is referred to as the "reign of terror" of Union Gen. Eleazar Paine. In Maplewood Cemetery of Mayfield, Kentucky there is a monument in the form of a slab over the grave of young Henry Bascom Hicks. He was killed by order of General Paine on the streets of Mayfield in August of 1864. The 18 year old student was accused of being a spy. Paine had been removed from his post in Gallatin, Tennessee in April of 1864 by the order of Major General William T. Sherman after Paine and his men were found guilty of "extreme cruelty and extortion". He was subsequently posted to western Kentucky.
Hopefully there will never be another time when the people of this country turn against each other with such intolerance and cruelty.
A heavy morning dew on the fall day I photographed Henry's grave accentuates the inscription making it more visible and easily readible.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
A Google search of "shell graves" produces many sites and numerous theories regarding the practice but in the end, there really is no credible explanation for them. In south Texas, the shell graves are most often found in communities settled by German immigrants, such as these graves in New Braunfels' Hortontown Cemetery.
Nov. 27, 1823
Mai 6, 1897
den treuen gatten.
English Translation -
Thankfully and in loving memory.
Dedicated to the loyal spouse.