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Saturday, August 10, 2013

National Military Cemetery - Chattanooga, Tennessee

Good morning,

My Honey and I are history buffs and especially like visiting Civil War sites.  Today's images are from the National Military Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The Cemetery was founded in 1863 and its first inhabitants were killed during the Civil War.
Sadly, many of those who died here were never identified, except by the company in which they served.
These images are in the order I took them as we moved through the cemetery. 
Since we are from Ohio, we found it interesting that the first monument we saw was Ohio's Tribute to the Andrews Raiders, 1882.
In addition to those who served during the Civil War, there are many here from more recent conflicts.
 12,956 died here during the Civil War.  Wow, what a huge number. 




 At the top of the mound near the middle of the cemetery is a circle...
 
 There were quite a few monuments in the Circle of Honor.  I've included pictures of just a few of them:




May we never forget:  Freedom is not Free.

All the best,
Lois

11 comments:

Marit Johanne said...

What a huge cemetry, and sad to think on all those people that has been fighting for freedom and died.

Tammy said...

What that is an impressive cemetery; just beautiful! What a great tribute to all those who lost their lives for our country.

VP said...

So sad and so impressive: this is a wonderful cemetery with some real pieces of history. And they are right: freedom is not free.

TexWisGirl said...

very sobering. but what a great tribute to those who have served.

Nedra said...

What a sight to see so many generations honored for service to our country. thank you for sharing.

KaHolly said...

Very impressive, and most humbling. Thanks for sharing with us.

Rose said...

So beautiful...and solemn.

Montanagirl said...

Huge and beautiful cemetery. So many lives lost . . .

Elaine said...

We've visited several Civil War sites, and it always fills me with so much sadness. Freedom is indeed not free. We owe all those fallen soldiers so much.

Jack said...

This is an impressive cemetery. Thanks for showing it. It is similar to the cemeteries from the Second World War at Omaha Beach in Normandy. I visited there, but not the one you show today. The realization that all of those gravestones represent a young soldier who lost his life right there was an overwhelming thought.

Les Barr said...

That is one impressive cemetery. I, also, am quite a History buff, and love snooping around in Historical area's with my Pentax K10D DSLR camera. As you may see on my Blog, I have gone most everywhere around here, since it is just full of History. Gettysburg is about a 4 hr. drive from here and have been there 3 times, so far. Fort Indiantown Gap, has a impressive National Cemetery that I've been to just once, so far. It's about 45 min. from here. Being a US Navy Vietnam Veteren, I thank you for remembering all our Veterens who gave their Lives in defense of our Country.