Friday, May 30, 2008

Memento Mori

Since May 30th was the original Memorial Day in the U.S., I thought I'd show you an interesting historical monument from Knoxville's National Cemetery, where many Civil War veterans are buried. This is a rather large marble monument to soldiers from Tennessee who served in the Union Army. Tennessee was the last of the Southern states to join the Confederacy, but East Tennessee remained strongly pro-Union, which is why you can find this monument in Knoxville.

5 comments:

Strangetastes said...

This is a very touching photo. The decades and centuries roll on and still the soldiers' presence is felt. B&W was a good choice.

USelaine said...

I didn't know Tennessee had a regional split on the Civil War. But there's a lot I don't know about the Civil War.

Jim said...

Like uselaine, I never knew the state was divided. On the ground of our County Courthouse there is a statue to honor the Confederate soldiers.

iBlowfish said...

Wow, this is interesting. I have not known that any part of Tennessee support Union. I should read history of civil war back again.

babooshka said...

It's good choice for the week you have had over there. Highlighting a part of something rather than the whole often make a better image.