LOCATED IN BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN HUNTSVILLE ALABAMA…….
Without question, one of the most beautiful cemeteries I have visited. It is located off California street in the historic district. Rich in history, Maple Hill Cemetery is the final resting place of thirty-eight famous interments.
One of the most notable, Albert Russel Erskine, president of the Studebaker corporation. His tomb is the most beautifully landscaped.
Clement Comer Clay, US Congressman, 8th Alabama Governor, US Senator. He served during the War of 1812 with the United States forces operating against the Creek Indians in Georgia and Alabama. After serving in the Alabama State Legislature (where he was Speaker of the House), he was elected as a Democrat to represent Alabama’s 1st Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1829 to 1835. He was then elected as Governor of Alabama, serving from 1836 to 1837.
William Thomas Harbaugh Brooks, Civil War Union Brigadier General. Born in Lisbon, Ohio, he graduated from the US Military Academy in 1841, served on the frontier, the Seminole and Mexican Wars. In September 1861, he was appointed Brigadier General in command of the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, IV Corps. He led his Corps in the Peninsula campaign, the Seven Days Battles, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. In June 1863, he was placed in command of the Department of the Monongahela, 1st Division, XVIII Corps at Cold Harbor and Petersburg. He resigned his commission because of poor health in July, 1864. After the war, he was a farmer in Huntsville, Alabama, until his death.
Civil War Confederate States Army Officer. A prominent member of the Alabama Bar in the pre-Civil War years, he helped raise the 4th Alabama Infantry, and was named its Colonel and commander. He led his unit at the July 1861 Battle of First Manassas, where he received a wound that would prove mortal. He lingered for six weeks and died at Orange County Court House in Virginia. He married Mary E. in 1854 and she died a few months later at the age of twenty-three.
Other interesting headstones I saw…..