Monday, January 9, 2017

Mr. Strode and the Shirley Cemetery

In an earlier post, I wrote about William B. Strode, who rode with General John Hunt Morgan's raid into Indiana and Ohio in 1863, was captured and sent to Camp Douglas in Chicago.  Evidently, he found Illinois to his liking as afterwards he got married and settled in Shirley, Illinois, a small town near Bloomington-Normal in the central part of the state.

He was first buried after his death in 1892 at the Shirley Cemetery and then later in the Scogin Hill Cemetery.

I looked up the Shirley Cemetery and have driven by it on occasion on our Route 66 travels.  I didn't notice it and from what I gather, it is in very bad shape today.

--Old Secesh

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