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Pine Hill Cemetery Auburn, Alabama

University_Chapel_at_Auburn_Resting aloof in the heart of Auburn’s City, close the the campus of Auburn University, this wrought iron gated cemetery holds the key to the heritage of many Auburn Residents.  Pine Hill Cemetery is the resting place of many of Lee County’s Residence. Its inhabitants in life were full of  pride for the great state of Alabama. Many who lie there died at the hands of a gripping war for Southern Independence, and they did it with honor.

What was the East Alabama’s Male College’s “Old Main”(1) building, only two blocks from the graveyard, was in Civil War times a hospital.  It stood where Auburn University’s Samford Hall now stands.  Formally named Texas Confederate Hospital, it was the healing site of many Texas soldiers stationed here in Alabama.  Old Main, the building behind it, and the University Chapel were used to house wounded soldiers.  There was little action here except during “Rousseau’s Raid”; a march across the south by a Union General Lovell H. Rousseau in 1864.  During the Raid, General Rousseau and his troops burned most of Central Alabama and nearly every inch of Lee County, Alabama and the bodies that came out of Texas Hospital were plenty. Once a soldier had passed, they took the bodies of the soldiers and stacked them across from the hospital where Samford Hall  now stands(2).  Many of these dead found their eternal resting place in Pine Hill Cemetery.

One of the graves is of a woman. Her tombstone reads that she had four brothers and a husband in the war. After the war, she raised her four sons alone, but she stayed strong and was proud to be a part of the Confederacy.  Most of the stones you find of women in the cemetery talk about the pride of the Confederacy and the pride of being Southern. 

Each year on Confederate Memorial Day, the Daughters of the Confederacy bring flags and pay homage to their great great grandfathers and grandmothers.  Just recently Pine Hill has become a site of controversy with one of the local councilman being offended by the flags and taking them off the graves.  It seems that this war is truly still alive in the hearts of Southerners. Wounds of the past just cannot seem to be undone.  Such bad light had been shown upon the Confederacy over the years that it has come to be synonymous with Racism. But many in the South will disagree.  To these persons, these men who lie in this cemetery stood for so much more.  They stood for honor and glory, heritage and family. 

Pine hill is slowly being swallowed by the fast pace of the growing city of Auburn.  For now, stepping  through those iron gates, the world changes to  1865.  The cars all but fade away, the yellow hammer sings a song; the confederate flag whips about, and  “Dixie” is heard on the wind.

(1) www.wikepedia.com , (2) www.alabamaghosthunters.com

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May 13, 2009 - Posted by | History | , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. I particularly enjoyed your post, DM, because it was about Alabama and Texas! I am a native Texas, too, but lived in south Alabama for several years. My son and his family are still there.

    This beautiful cemetery in the heart of Auburn must be a peaceful place to sit and think about those ancestors who bravely fought for their way of life. Thanks so much for posting such a lovely tribute.

    Judy
    Genealogy Traces
    Cemeteries with Texas Ties
    Tennessee Memories

    Comment by Judith Richards Shubert | June 1, 2009 | Reply

    • thank you so much for your support.

      Comment by dmsmithblogger | June 1, 2009 | Reply

  2. Hello…I have ancestors traced to Auburn and some of the sourrounding communities….one Bedell that I know of is buried in Pine Hill Cemetery, a William L. Bedell. I wonder if there are more and can anyone direct me to a list of those buried here. Thank you for maintaining this website.

    Comment by Patricia Bedell | July 9, 2009 | Reply

    • Patricia,
      Mary Norman is head of the Auburn Heritage Association and she may be able to help you with a listing of those buried at Pine Hill. Their link is http://www.auburnheritage.org.

      Comment by dmsmithblogger | July 10, 2009 | Reply


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