Army, Battle of The Wilderness, Bennington, Cemetery, Civil War, Colonel Newton Stone, Dr. Jonas Fay, General Ulysses S. Grant, Governor Isaac Tichenor, History, Mark Rondeau, Military, Navy, poet, Poetry, Richard Henry Greene, Robert Lee frost, Vermont, Yale
As part of my Adventures In Bennington, I visited the famous Old Bennington Cemetery. It’s famous for its internments of American war soldiers, religious figures, politicians as well as poet Robert Lee Frost.
While Frost is the most famous person buried in the cemetery, the location has numerous other people who have changed the world. As a cemetery that dates back to the 1700s, this particular cemetery is insane. Insane because of the attention to detail that was taken with these graves.
There are numerous gravestones that have great attention to detail and some that are just a slate of stone with words next to them. But this particular cemetery is unlike many others that I’ve been to in the fact they have placed numerous signs to help tell the story of those buried there.
Such as Doctor Jonas Fay’s grave.
As you can read more about the life that Dr. Johnas Fay lived.
There’s also Govorner Isaac Tichenor who spent time in Albany, New York. Which to me is quite interesting, seeing as it’s the town I live in, but shouldn’t be too surprising as Bennington isn’t all that far away. As Albany is 38 miles away from Bennington. But it’s also interesting he served with General Schuyler, who is a legend in Albany.
While most of the graves are very elborate and extensive with their description of the deceased this one is the complete opposite.
This may be hard to read and all it’s of a really special person its of Richard Henry Greene, who became a surgeon during the Civil War. Greene, had graduated from Yale College and Dartmouth and wrote an application letter to enter the United States Navy, which has been saved and you can read. The Civil War assistant surgeon was the first African-American graduate of Yale College, they have a short story you can read about his life including other letters he wrote by check out Yale College’s alumni magazine.
Here’s the small plaque located near his grave.
As I mentioned numerous soliders who fought in American wars are buried here, one of those is Colonel Newton Stone. Stone served during the Civil War alongside the likes of General Ulysses S. Grant.
You can read more about Stone by checking out an article by Mark Rondeau, from The Bennington Banner in which he tells the story of Stone’s life.
His death which you can read on part of his gravestone, occured during the Battle of The Wilderness. Which was the first battle that saw General Grant face off against his Confederate counterpart General Robert E. Lee, the battle lasted from May 5th to May 7th in 1864.
Check back tomorrow for more about the Bennington Cemetery including the grave of Robert Lee Frost!