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This is the grave of the traitor George Pickett. Pickett was unfortunately born in 1825 to an elite Virginia family in Richmond. For awhile he was going to go into the law and even left the South to do so, working for his uncle in Illinois and then going to Springfield for his legal studies. […]
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This is the grave of John Catron. Born in 1786 to a German family in Pennsylvania, Catron and his family moved to Kentucky early in the 19th century. He fought in the War of 1812 under Andrew Jackson.Catron followed his mentor to Tennessee after the war, where he was admitted to the bar in 1815. […]
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This is the grave of James Polk. Born in 1795 in Pineville, North Carolina, Polk was the oldest of 10 children born to middling farmers. They weren’t particularly wealthy at that point–the reconstruction of the cabin in which he was born looks like a shack to me–but they were a slaveholding family at the same […]
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This is the grave of Zachary Taylor. Born in Orange County, Virginia to the Virginia plantation elite, Taylor’s father Richard Taylor moved the family when Zachary was young to fresh lands near what became Louisville, Kentucky. He joined the military in 1808 and was promoted to captain in 1810. He bought plantations in Kentucky and […]
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