April 15 – Remembering the Civil War

I am reminded of Walt Whitman’s poem “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d,” mourning Abraham Lincoln’s death on April 15, 1865, 151 years ago today. So sad, yet how fortuitous for the poet to pair that event with this beautiful springtime occurrence. Jerry Smith urged me a few days ago to visit the cemetery, which is bursting with spring blooms. I was interested to see that the graves of those who fought for the Confederacy are decorated with its official flag, the Stars and Bars. Pictured here is the grave of Major George Rainsford, who built Rebel’s Rest.

 

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