Monday, September 11, 2006
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.