ExploreSouthernHistory.com - Memory Hill Cemetery in Milledgeville, Georgia
ExploreSouthernHistory.com - Memory Hill Cemetery in Milledgeville, Georgia
Memory Hill Cemetery
Confederate soldiers are among the hundreds of
noteworthy individuals buried at historic
Memory Hill Cemetery in Milledgeville, Georgia.
Memory Hill Cemetery
The history of Georgia can be
traced with a self-guided walk
through Milledgeville's historic
Memory Hill Cemetery.
The Best Known Confederate
Private Edwin F. Jemison of
the 2nd Louisiana Volunteers
is among those memorialized
at Memory Hill Cemetery.
Memory Hill Cemetery - Milledgeville, Georgia
Historic Cemetery in Milledgeville
Grave of Rep. Carl Vinson
A U.S. Congressman from
Georgia, Rep. Carl Vinson
was the "Father of the Two
Ocean Navy."
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Memory Hill Cemetery is located on what
was once South Square in the historic city of
Milledgeville, Georgia. Dating to the early
1800s, the cemetery is a remarkable place to
trace Georgia's history in stone.

The cemetery was established in around
1809 when a Methodist church was built on
South Square. Milledgeville was then only six
years old, having been established in 1803
to serve as the permanent capital city of
Georgia. The capitol was moved to Atlanta in
1868, but the city continues to thrive and its
influence on Georgia and American history
can be explored at Memory Hill.

The cemetery provides a quiet resting place
for the remains of governors, legislators, Civil
War solders, an Old West outlaw and even a
consultant for the movie
Gone With the Wind.
The noted author Flannery O'Connor is at
Memory Hill, as is the woman once called the
"Little Georgia Magnet" for her alleged
psychic abilities.

One of the South's best known writers, Mary
Flannery O'Connor (who wrote as Flannery
O'Connor) was born in Savannah in 1925
and died in Milledgeville in 1964 at the age of
only 39 from complications of lupus. She
lived the last fourteen years of her life at
Andalusia, her family's ancestral farm on U.S
441 just north of Milledgeville.and at a town
home on West Greene Street.
Please click
here to learn more about her life and work in

Not far from O'Connor's simple but elegant
grave is the final resting place of journalist
Susan Myrick. At the request of novelist
Margaret Mitchell, she served as advisor on
Southern manners and culture for the filming
of the sweeping classic
Gone With the Wind.
Not only did she help the actors master their
dialects, she also made sure the movie
included touches that would have been found
in the real antebellum Georgia.

The real end of the antebellum South can be
traced in the scores of stones that mark the
graves of Confederate soldiers. There is a
monument to the unknowns who are buried
there and the landscape is dotted with the
graves of those who gave their all for their
state and the South.

Perhaps the best known of all Confederate
soldiers was Edwin F. Jemison, whose
boy-like face has gazed out of a haunting
photograph for 150 years (see above left). A
private in Company C of the 2nd Louisiana
Infantry Volunteers, Jemison fell at the Battle
of Malvern Hill in 1862.  He was only 17 years
old when he died and to this day his sad
eyes reach out and have great impact on
anyone who sees his face.

Jemison is buried at Memory Hill Cemetery
and a small interpretive plaque by his grave
tells his story. Some modern researchers
believe he may still rest at Malvern Hill, but
there is no evidence either way and the grave
at Memory Hill has been marked for more
than 100 years.
Please click here to learn
Grave of Rep. Carl Vinson
A U.S. Congressman from
Georgia, Rep. Carl Vinson
was the "Father of the Two
Ocean Navy."
Last of the Famous Bandits
The "Gentleman Bandit" of the
Old West, Bill Miner was the
"last of the famous western
U.S. Representative Carl Vinson, known as
the "Father of the Two-Ocean Navy," is buried
at Memory Hill along side his wife Mary
Greene Vinson. Born in 1883, Rep. Vinson
was a major proponent of American naval
power and the aircraft carrier U.S.S
. Carl
Vinson is named in his honor.

Buried in Section D on the west side of the
cemetery is Charles Holmes Herty, the first
football coach of the University of Georgia. A
chemist with a doctorate degree from Johns
Hopkins University, Dr. Herty also invented a
way to convert pine pulp into paper and was
the originator of the South's pulpwood
industry. He also invented the "Herty cup,"
which was used to collect turpentine without
killing old growth pine trees.

In Section J on the east side of the cemetery
is a marker for Bill Miner, "the last of the
famous western bandits." He carried out the
first train robbery in British Columbia and
was a well known stagecoach robber in the
Old West.

Memory Hill Cemetery is located on West
Franklin Street between South Clarke Street
and South WIlkinson Street and at the end of
South Liberty Street in Milledgeville, Georgia.

Please click here to visit the cemetery's
excellent website for more information.
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