and Weirdest ... I'll give you weirdest. Probably the most famous
all time (even though he was dead before the Civil War) was John C.
Calhoun. His resume is quite extensive, but he's most known for being
Vice President of
the US. He sponsored the ideas of secession and
nullification. Since he was so
famous, he was buried in the courtyard of St. Philip's Church.
However, only those born in Charleston were supposed to be bestowed
that honor. Because of this, years later before the war, he was
exhumed and put into a graveyard just outside of the church. When the
Civil War broke out, and the Union occupied Charleston, there was a
rumor going around that the Union troops were going to destroy his
remains. So the locals, dug up his body (2nd time) and put him back in
the church in an unmarked grave. The Union never found him. After the
war, since he wasn't born in Charleston, he was exhumed again (#3) and
returned to the plot outside of the church. Below are some pictures.
What is kind of odd about the graves in Charleston is just how small
the monuments are. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and John Rutledge were
famous document signers in US history, and both have small
gravestones. Rutledge is wedged up against a waterpipe and some
electrical meters! Humbleness, or indifference? Hard to say.
Charleston doesn't neglect much on their
In the middle is Ed
Grimball ... he's one of the best tour guides I have ever met. Look
him up if ever in Charleston, he gave me the story above.