Local History: Historic Linwood Cemetery
More than 200 soldiers from every Confederate state are buried in two separate plots in Linwood Cemetery. Many of these men died in the several Confederate hospitals located in Columbus, 1862-1865. Numbers fell in the battle here, Easter Sunday, April 16, 1865, between less than 2,000 soldiers and citizens, hastily organized for the defense of Columbus, and 4,000 of Wilson’s Federal Raiders, dismounted for the attack. This was the last battle of the War Between the States east of the Mississippi River.
BRIGADIER GENERAL HENRY L. BENNING (1814-1875), called “The Old Rock” for his coolness and daring under fire, is buried here. He fought with great distinction through the Virginia Campaigns and finally commanded his own, Benning’s Brigade, known as “The Rock Brigade.” Fort Benning was named for him.
JOHN DUNLOP, native of England, member of the crew of the Confederate Ironclad “Virginia” (Merrimac) in the historic fight of the ironclads, May 8-9, 1862, is buried here.
Many other Confederate soldiers lie in private plots in Linwood Cemetery.
This gun was one of the battery of the Confederate ram, built in Columbus, captured and burned by Wilson Raiders. April 16, 1865 – Mounted by Benning Camp
This past Monday, I was in downtown Columbus, Georgia and decided to stop in to visit the Historic Linwood Cemetery. I’ve frequented the cemetery numerous times over the years but never stumbled upon the marker for Columbus’ First Jewish Cemetery (see below). A majority of the headstones were in Hebrew but a few were in English. Many of the headstones listed Russia as the birthplace. One of my online classes is currently studying Russian Jewish Immigration to the United States so I figured this photo opp. was pretty good timing. 🙂
Columbus’ First Jewish Cemetery
Since Biblical times when Abraham purchased land to bury his wife Sarah, it has been considered a religious obligation for Jews to set aside land for interring their dead. Often before congregations were established burial societies were formed to perform this sacred act. This site, established by Reform congregation Temple B’nai Israel, is the first burial ground in Columbus for members of the Jewish faith. The first burial was in 1852. Louis Haiman, famous Civil War arms maker for the Confederacy, is interred here as are ancestors of many prominent Columbus families. Jewish burial traditions continue today in the city’s Riverdale Cemetery.