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Monday, September 11, 2006

Awhile back, Dimitri at Civil War Bookshelf, posted about Meigs and the part he played in the building of the Capital Building.

At the same time I was reading While in the hands of the enemy: Military Prisons of the Civil War by Charles W. Sanders Jr., where Meigs has a rather juicy role – so I was interested at the bottom of the post which had the following to say:
Meigs, the engineer, eventually practiced architecture designing a "lodge" for habitation by cemetery superintendents (as shown, here).

Following the hyperlink, I learned that 23 of the original lodges still existed, while some 33 where either demolished and rebuilt or just demolished.

Beaufort was listed as demolished and rebuilt in 1933, so while looking for Private Joyner’s grave, I made sure to look at the lodge too.

As you can see, besides being brick, two stories and a basement, they don’t look quite the same. As a matter of fact when I first looked at it, I thought it looked like a brick barn.

Guess I'll have to make a trek to one of the other 23 cemeteries that still have a true lodge to get a real feel.

And don't worry - this will be the last Beaufort National Cemetery post for awhile - although I do have another Beaufort post coming soon.


December 16, 2008

The Meigs Lodge located in the Keokuk National Cemetery looks very much like the drawing. The only difference is the porch in on the left rather than the right. It is currently under renovation by the Keokuk Historic Preservation Society.

It is well worth the trip to see. Keokuk is the first National Cemetery west of the Mississippi River and was dedicated by President Lincoln at the same time as Arlingtion Cemetery.

Both Northern and Southern soldiers were treated at the Estes Hospital in Keokuk. The dead from both the North and South are buried in the National Cemetery close to the Superintendent's Lodge.

Posted by Roslyn Hogan at Tuesday, December 16, 2008 22:20:36

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