Notable Graves, Calvary Cemetery

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Calvary Cemetery has several notable individuals, including the famous Dred Scott; I read recently that most people in America don’t know who he is anymore. Very sad. I find it interesting that what was once a Jewish practice–leaving small stones on graves to show someone has visited–has been adopted for other graves as well. Logically, Abraham Lincoln’s visage on the penny is appropriate.

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Tennessee Williams, who hated growing up in the Central West End, is now interred in the cemetery.

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The famous Civil War general, William Tecumseh Sherman, whose capture of Atlanta helped secure Lincoln’s election victory and eventual Union victory is located with his family in another corner of the park.

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Due to previous business and having lived in St. Louis, Sherman was buried with his family in a series of monuments by the drive. Look for the flag pole.

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Here is the back of the gravestone.

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“40 Rounds” is a reference to the the XV Corps’ motto on a cartridge box; they served under both Grant and Sherman.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. I remember seeing Sherman’s grave about three years ago. It was absolutely covered with coins on the flat surfaces and in all the crevices as you note with the Dred Scott monument.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      I guess they clean off the pennies every so often?

  2. Tara says:

    I love Calvary Cemetery. Me and my siblings would go around looking for headstones with cameos as it was interesting to see what the deceased person looked like. We observed that the further back into the cemetery we went (to the part where Baden is), the older the death dates are.

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