I love cemeteries! What’s more, I love NATIONAL cemeteries. Stately rows of white marble or granite. Monuments commemorating people and events. Columbaria enshrining cremains. Statues bowing to military personnel and spouses. There is something oh, so, solemn and profound about these cemeteries. And so many stories just waiting to be told.
One of many national cemeteries I visited this year on a 6000-mile trek around the U. S. in our VW camper (“Our Blue Heaven”) was the Custer National Cemetery on the grounds of the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.
|First woman murdered in the Montana Territory|
|Curly, Custer Scout|
|Crow scout, White Man Runs Him|
Another Crow scout, White Man Runs Him, survived the valley fight as well as a battle on a hilltop with Reno’s and Benteen’s forces, later joining Gibbon’s column. He spent the rest of his life in Crow Agency, dying in 1929.
|Major Marcus A. Reno|
|Dr. Thomas Marquis|
|Oxasehe Cut Belly|
Although the simple, white granite markers lure me into national cemeteries, and researching the more famous or infamous to discover their stories fuels my desire to continue cemetery-hopping, coming across those stones that are just a bit different also intrigue me.
A poignant “Unknown Infant,” stone, a lamb for someone who died too young, a carving to remember a “comerade,” a band musician in the infantry, and a Medal of Honor recipient. All have stories to tell, I’m sure. And I will keep “digging” to discover those tales.
|"Comerade," Band Musician, Medal of Honor Recipient: Custer National Cemetery|
Read Part 1 of Teresa Lambert's odyssey:
• fineartamerica.com (search “Teresa Lambert”)
• abcsofgravestonesymbols.com (author/book page)
• blurb.com (search “Dead Ends Cemetery Photos”)
• Dead Ends – Teresa Straley Lambert (Facebook page)
|Teresa Straley Lambert|