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"Mystery" of the Sarcophagus - Woodlawn Cemetery - Carbondale, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 37° 43.595 W 089° 12.671
16S E 305133 N 4177781
Quick Description: Who is in there? and Who do you call?
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 6/18/2014 3:42:27 AM
Waymark Code: WMKYZY
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
Views: 4

Long Description:

County of site: Jackson County
Location of mystery:

Marker text:
"Mystery" of the Sarcophagus - A stone coffin, or sarcophagus, sits above ground near the center of the cemetery. There are two versions of who is buried there and the story behind it. The first story is that a young woman from Vicksburg, Mississippi, the wife of J.W. Landrum, was buried in the above ground coffin. She was placed there because she did not want to be buried in Yankee soil. Her husband was a Carbondale native and was said to have sprinkled soil from Vicksburg inside her coffin before the lid was closed.
The second story is that Lt. Colonel John Mills of the Union Army was supposedly buried there. Upon hearing that a Confederate soldier was to be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, the Mill's family had his body removed from the ground and placed in the sarcophagus so that the two soldiers would not occupy the same land." ~ Tablescapes 2004

It has received a great achievement by being in 13 spooky places

Public access?:
Is a public (city) cemetery and access should be common sense

Website about the location and/or story: [Web Link]

Visting hours: Not listed

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