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Geiger Ave. Cemetery

 
 
Geiger Ave. Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, December 30, 2011
1. Geiger Ave. Cemetery Marker
Inscription. In loving memory this cemetery contains Confederate Veterans and their families in the central area and State Hospital patients in surrounding locations.
 
Erected by South Carolina Department of Mental Health.
 
Location. 34° 1.346′ N, 81° 2.354′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is at the intersection of Geiger Avenue and Cardinal Street, on the right when traveling west on Geiger Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia SC 29201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. I. DeQuincey Newman Freeway (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Soldiers Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of the Surrender of Columbia, SC (approx. 0.4 miles away); South Carolina State Hospital (approx. 0.6 miles away); Modjeska Simkins House (approx. 0.6 miles away); South Carolina State Hospital, Mills Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Elmwood Avenue (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ebenezer Lutheran Church (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
 
Additional comments.
1. Geiger Avenue Cemetery
“Geiger Street
Overview image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, December 30, 2011
2. Overview
aka “The Cottontown Cemetery” Cottontown sits just across the street from the SCDMH Administration Building. This cemetery was in use from 1827 to 1954. Although it was thought that about 1,300 people were buried in this well kept open field, the names of 1,723 people have been recorded in the database. A marker placed by SCDMH in the mid 80s identifies the grounds as “Geiger Ave. Cemetery.” A portion of the cemetery in the center is fenced off, with a gate. The remains of Confederate soldiers lay here. SCDMH patients are buried around the periphery. Stones are at ground level and a few have names.
    — Submitted December 31, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina.

 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
Geiger Avenue Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, December 30, 2011
3. Geiger Avenue Cemetery
Marked graves of Confederate Soldiers and their families
Geiger Avenue Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, December 30, 2011
4. Geiger Avenue Cemetery
Marked graves of Unknown Confederate Soldiers
An example of the marked soldiers graves image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, December 30, 2011
5. An example of the marked soldiers graves
1 Lieut. Aide-de-Camp Henry J. Rains Confederate States Army Feb. 21, 1847 - July 25, 1940
Deodora Cedars Cedrus deodara image. Click for full size.
November 8, 2011
6. Deodora Cedars Cedrus deodara
There is both a male and female Deodora cedar. They are over 100 years old and have stood watch over the graves of Confederate Soldiers with quiet dignity.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 31, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 690 times since then and 94 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 31, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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