News from The Standard and Express

The Standard and Express
Cartersville, Georgia
May 30, 1872, page 3
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We took a casual stroll into the old Baptist Church Cemetery in town, on Saturday evening last, and was very mortified at its condition.  It has been abandoned as a place of public interment, by order of the town council, and seems to be almost abandoned in toto, for this or any other purpose by the council and nearly everybody else.  Some few only of the many graves give any evidence of an effort, on the part of any one, to keep these repositories of sacred dust from falling into decay and subsequent extinction.  We recognized among those who have been buried there, the names of individuals who, in times past, we have delighted to honor, and in whose association, some of us who are alive today, have spent many happy hours. It is the only place now where we can go and call up their memory afresh.  We love to visit their graves and think about them.  Soon, however, unless steps are taken to prevent it, all trace of their silent abodes will be obliterated.  Many of the kindred and friends of the dead have moved away, while others have gathered up their feet in death and sleep in other graveyards.  This cemetery being in the heart of town, should either be fixed up or the dead removed to the town cemetery.  It is disgraceful for it to remain as it is.   Many of the graves from which the Federal dead have been removed, still remain a ghastly and gasping receptacle for mud, water and vermin, while others are being run over by footmen and vehicles.


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