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Magnolia Cemetery Decorated for Confederate Memorial Day.
This ancient cemetery is the final resting place of several hundred Confederate soldiers. This photograph show the Confederate graves decorated for an observance of Confederate Memorial Day. The southern poet Henry Timrod was the speaker for a dedication ceremony for these graves in April 1867. For this occasion he wrote his famous poem "Ode to Magnolia Cemetery". At that time there were no monuments to mark the site. Anticipating the present magnificent statue, Timrod’s poem contained the line that would one day be world famous "And somewhere, waiting for its birth, The shaft is in the stone." Magnolia Cemetery is also the location of the graves of Horace L. Hunley and the crew that perished with him in a practice dive of his namesake submarine.
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