Blandford Church and Cemetery
Petersburg, VA

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(July 2013) Enlarge Blandford Church
This church is on the highest point in the Blandford Community in what is now known as Petersburg. The church was an Anglican Church built before the American Revolution. During the American Revolution British troops were buried in the churchyard. After the American Revolution the church became an Episcopal Church, but was eventually closed as a new church was built. During the Petersburg siege this position was used for observation by CS leaders and the church yard became a cemetery for over 30,000 CSA dead (most are unknown). The building was damaged and rebuilt/remodeled over the years. No photos are permitted inside. Louis Tiffany created stained glass windows in the building with a stained-glass window representing the 12 apostles and the 12 Confederate states. There is one stained-glass window with just the Holy Cross to represent the 13th Confederate state and a window for the Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg

(July 2013) Enlarge  Detail Blandford Cemetery- Washington Artillery of New Orleans
This monument and plot is dedicated to the Confederate Washington Artillery of New Orleans. Names of members of this unit are listed on the monument and their bodies are located in the plot. Almost all of the 30,000 + Confederate soldier graves in the Blandford Cemetery are unknown, but this is the notable exception



(July 2013) Enlarge  Detail Virginia Monument
This state of Virginia monument is located on a hill in Blandford Cemetery very close to the site of the graves of literally thousands of Virginia Confederate soldiers whose names and locations of burial are known but to God

(July 2013) Enlarge SCV Monument & Flagpole
This photo was taken on July 5, 2013 in the late afternoon with very little wind so the flag is difficult to see, but it is a Second National Confederate flag which is sometimes referred to as the Stainless Banner. The flagpole and small monument beneath are located very close to the Virginia Confederate Monument at Blandford Cemetery


(July 2013) Enlarge Blandford Cemetery Confederate Section
Just behind this large imposing monument lie the remains of approximately 30,000 Confederate soldiers who are largely buried in unmarked graves during the war, but were interred in areas by state. It may be possible to see a few individual markers, but by and large, there are just markers for states. There are also wartime Confederate graves in front of and to the side of the large monument. In other parts of the cemetery there are graves of Confederate veterans who survived the war and died later. When Confederate General William Mahone died, he requested his body be buried with the man he commanded during the siege of Petersburg so although I'm not a wartime death he is buried in this area. Confederate General William Mahone, who was a resident of Petersburg, was not the only Confederate to make such a burial request


(July 2013) Enlarge Texas Plot and Mahone Mausoleum
The marker in the foreground represents the location where some of the Texas troops who died during the Petersburg siege were buried. It was impossible to get the entire sections for deceased Texas troops, or any state for that matter, in only one photograph. Each of the state plots has a similar marker and a Confederate flag was placed at each marker during our visit on July 5, 2013
In the background is the mausoleum for Petersburg resident and Confederate Gen. William Mahone, who served during the siege of Petersburg and made a special request to be buried among the troops that he commanded who gave their lives during the war

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