A Visit to Laurel Hill Cemetery

On a recent trip to the Philadelphia area I had an opportunity to visit Laurel Hill Cemetery.  Established in 1836 by John Jay Smith, it sits on 78 acres of rolling hills overlooking the Schuylkill River.  Having missed many opportunities to visit this beautiful cemetery over the years, the wait was well worth it.

Besides US Major General George Gordon Meade, 39 other Civil War era general officers found their final rest at Laurel Hill.  Unfortunately, I was unable to locate one of the most famous interments at Laurel Hill, CSA Lieutenant General John C. Pemberton.  Pemberton was originally from Philadelphia but cast his lot with the Confederacy.  He would ultimately surrender Vicksburg to Ulysses S. Grant on July 4, 1863.  Other notable officers buried at Laurel Hill are Charles Ferguson Smith, Samuel W. Crawford, Rear-Admiral John A.B. Dahlgren and Robert Patterson.

Click HERE to visit my photo essay on Laurel Hill Cemetery.

About Michael Noirot

I grew up in the Central Illinois farming community, of Dunlap. Growing up, I played sports, tinkered with cars and enjoyed photography. While I did well in school, I did not become passionate about history until my early 30's. I have built a large library, of books on early America, politics and the Civil War. I am an avid reader. Fortunately, I have had plenty of opportunities to travel, over the years, and have been to most of the Civil War battlefields. I work while I travel, so more often than not, I am up, in the middle of the night, to get sunrise pictures, or I will be out until well after dark, exploring Civil War battlefields. I have other hobbies, and passions, that I really enjoy. Number one on the list would be guitar. I play my guitars on a regular basis, and enjoy the Bluegrass, and Contemporary Christian (CCM) genres. I play a style of guitar, called FLATPICKING, where using a flat pick, you play lead solos, similar to the way a fiddle would have been played during the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Laura, my wife, and I also enjoy scuba diving, travel and spending time at our property, in the country. Lastly, we spend as much time with our families, as possible. Thanks for stopping by.
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2 Responses to A Visit to Laurel Hill Cemetery

  1. dianemclarney says:

    Hi Mike!

    Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed looking at them. I am always fascinated by old cemetaries.


  2. Diane,
    It’s interesting how many people really enjoy walking through old historic cemeteries. At one point I thought my fascination with them was fairly unusual and unique. However, the more I speak with Civil War enthusiasts the more I realize I am just one of many. Thanks for your comment.

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