Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Linwood Cemetery - Columbus, Georgia

One of the most significant burial grounds in the South can be found in the downtown area of the historic city of Columbus, Georgia.

Established in 1828, Linwood Cemetery is the burial place of a number of individuals who contributed significantly to Southern history. Among them are General Henry "the Rock" Benning, the Confederate general for whom Fort Benning is named; Lizzie Rutherford Ellis, the leader of the group of Columbus ladies who started the tradition we recognize today as Memorial Day; Dr. Francis Oray Ticknor, author of the famed Civil War poem "Little Giffen," and Dr. John S. Pemberton, the Georgia druggist who invented Coca-Cola.

In addition, more than 200 Confederate soldiers are buried at Linwood, including men who died in the Battle of Columbus (Girard), considered by most authorities to have been the last major land battle of the Civil War.

To learn more about this fascinating place where history is written in stone, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/linwood.

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