Where Valor Proudly Sleeps: Chapter Eight

Where Valor Proudly Sleeps-full title

CHAPTER EIGHT: Cemetery Employees


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Andrew Birdsall (shown here later in life) and his family (bottom) lived in the cemetery from 1883 to 1892. Birdsall and his wife, Julia (middle), are buried there.

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One of the Birdsall girls

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Andrew Birdsall’s calling card while he was superintendent of Hampton National Cemetery in Virginia.

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Superintendent Melker Jefferys and his family

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Robert C. Hart was a long-term employee at the cemetery and served briefly as acting superintendent. Friends called him “Cush.”

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Cutting grass was a full-time job during the temperate months of the year. Much of the work was done with push mowers and scythes, but employees also used mowers pulled by horses or mules.

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In addition to keeping up the cemetery, superintendents had to maintain National Boulevard (now Lafayette Boulevard), which ran from the train station to the graveyard.