By Laura Bentley
Today with camera packed and plenty of time to enjoy the day we drove to Savannah, Tennessee To visit the Savannah City Cemetery and Shiloh National Cemetery and Park. Our first stop of the day was at the cemetery in Savannah. This old resting place is on rolling hills divided by Cherry Street. My main reason to visit was to see the graves of Elizabeth Patterson who played the character of Mrs. Trumbull on the classic “I Love Lucy”. Elizabeth is buried in a family plot surrounded by a fence. Her headstone is similar to those of other family members and is in an old style but stands out because it is years newer than the rest.
Also in the cemetery and fairly easy to find is the grandparents of Alex Haley, the author of “Roots”. I have wanted to see this monument from the time I was younger and watched the movie based on the life of Mr. Haley’s grandmother, Queen.
From there we drove to Shiloh Battlefield. This cemetery is in pristine condition with beautiful old trees offering shade to those who rest beneath with a lovely view of the Tennessee River below.
I was stunned at the large amount of unknown soldiers buried at Shiloh. These are marked with a small square stone with a number for each. Larger stones were placed about the cemetery with the state and regiments listed.
Also located within the park grounds are several Confederate burial trenches. These are also well maintained even though they aren’t near the National cemetery. While any cemetery carries a sense of sadness these struck me as lonely. They are marked with a stone announcing what you see before you and surrounded with a border. There is no way to know who lies buried in these trenches.
While visiting the park we also came across a very old church with a cemetery on both sides of the park road. The oldest section appears to be on the same side of the road as the church. While there, be sure to see the many sights that are offered. Stop to see the Peach Orchard, Sunken Road and Bloody Pond and read about how it received its name and be sure to say a prayer for those who rest in these hallowed grounds.