Resting in Peace: Civil War Leaders in Cave Hill Cemetery. By Bryan Bush. (2013. Pp. 168. $24.95. Paperback. Louisville: Butler Books. P.O. Box 7311, Louisville, KY 40257. http://www.butlerbooks.com/) ISBN: 978-1-935497-71-4.
Sometimes we forget how important cemetery research can be to our genealogical search. Truth be told, cemeteries have the potential to supply complex pieces of information or clues that can point us in varying directions. Bryan Bush’s title from a little over a year ago demonstrates the fascinating tales that can be found when focusing on the stories of the deceased.
For most of us, our cemetery research begins with a personal tour of the cemetery, wandering for hours, or scoping out a previously published index. The KHS library has many cemetery indexes that can help you find out where your ancestor might be buried, but if you have any relatives that lived during the Civil War, and are buried in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, you MUST take a look at this recent acquisition.
If you are lucky enough to have a Civil War era relative buried in Cave Hill, either side – Bush does not discriminate in his use of the word “Leaders” – be sure to check this book for a lucky entry. The author has included lengthy profiles of both Union and Confederate soldiers as well as those of Civilian leaders of the time whose stories contribute to our understanding of the conflict. Additionally, it simply makes for a great read, and here’s why: For each entry, there is a thorough biography of each person included, along with photos and a map of the cemetery displaying the exact location of their burial plot.
Again, the rich stories make this a wonderful read, while the cemetery details and biographies make this a valuable research tool. Did you know that there is a woman buried within the Confederate Soldiers’ lot? Her story is quite fascinating, and I will let you read it for yourself to understand the full reason behind this inclusion. Let’s just say, she had a run-in with General Sherman in Georgia, and he sent her north to the prison in Louisville. That’s just the tip of story iceberg!
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