Fields of Pestilent Grief

Fields of Pestilent Grief
Headstone for 1LT William H. Pohlman (1842-1863) in Albany Rural Cemetery, on Cemetery Avenue off NY State Route 32, in Menands, Albany County, New York. William served as an adjutant in the 59th NY Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the 3rd Brigade, Second Division, II Corps of the Union Army of the Potomac. He was wounded twice at the Battle of Gettysburg, the second time during Pickett’s Charge, when the 59th NY repelled elements of Kemper’s Brigade from their position south of the stone wall on Cemetery Ridge. He died of his wounds on July 21, 1863.
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Swansong of My Heart

Swansong of My Heart
Monument to Lazelle A. Michael (1852-1939) and his wives, Emma J. (1852-1907), Carolyn E. (1870-1915), and Virginia L. (1876-1926), in Oakwood Cemetery, 50 101st Street, Troy, Rensselaer County, New York. This monument fascinates me, not just because Emma and Virginia were sisters (and clearly the two women depicted in stone), but because I can’t find any information on this family beyond a patent Lazelle filed for an ice cream scoop in 1905. If you know the story behind this monument, please contact me!

The name of Lazelle’s first wife, Emma, is wrapped in grape vines, and the inscription reads:

Abiding faith in immortal hope of glorious reunion.

Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford, Connecticut

Cedar Hill Cemetery, at 453 Fairfield Avenue in Hartford, Connecticut, is a historic rural cemetery designed by landscape architect Jacob Weidenmann and opened in 1866. Its picturesque grounds encompass 270 acres and are the final resting place for over 32,000 of the city’s former residents, including multiple U.S. Congressmen, Connecticut governors, and Civil War generals.

Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel

Samuel Colt (1814-1862), inventor and industrialist, had an incalculable impact on American history. He invented the Colt .45 caliber six-shot single action revolver, which became an iconic firearm in the American West. It was called “The Equalizer” and “The Peacemaker.” Though not the most popular firearm in its day, it came to represent the rugged individualism of America in popular culture. His enormous neoclassical column of polished granite is a testament to his impact.

The Past Is Like A Funeral

This bronze neoclassical sculpture is dedicated to the David (1806-1889) and Julia (1810-1892) Clark family. The couple had six children, only one of whom, Mary, outlived their mother.

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The Architecture of Loss

The Architecture of Loss
A bronze relief designed by Oscar Lenz on a mausoleum for the Hilton family in Albany Rural Cemetery, on Cemetery Avenue off NY State Route 32, in Menands, Albany County, New York. George Porter Hilton (1859-1909) was president of the Hilton Bridge Construction Company and the Albany Chamber of Commerce and a colonel in the National Guard. He had one son, John (1901-1955), with his wife, Jesse K. Myers (1859-1922). The inscription reads:

I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith.

For All I Am

For All I Am
Monument to Major John S. Koster (1841-1921) in Port Leyden Cemetery on River Road and Main Street in Port Leyden, Lewis County, New York. Maj. Koster served in Company H, 21st Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War. The 21st Massachusetts was part of Ferrero’s Brigade in the Union Army of the Potomac, which captured Burnside’s Bridge during the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862. It sustained 35 percent casualties at the Battle of Chantilly, which occurred during Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s pursuit of Union Maj. Gen. John Pope’s army after the Second Battle of Bull Run.

Death Whispered a Lullaby

Death Whispered a Lullaby
Sculpture of a palm laid over the headstone for Charles (1813-1864) and Mary (1816-1865) Pope in Oakwood Cemetery, 940 Comstock Avenue, next to Syracuse University, in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York. The headstone is a large open book covered with palms, with the deceased’s names engraved in storybook lettering. It’s one of the most unique monuments I’ve ever seen.
Oakwood Cemetery was designed by landscape architect Howard Daniels and opened in 1859. It is a secular Victorian “rural” or “garden” style cemetery where over 60,000 people are interred in 160 wooded acres.