Vintage House El Dorado ARKIt seemed like we drove forever to find the second cemetery. We motored on back roads replete with nice homes on large 2 to 5 acre lots. The lots had abundant numbers of hard wood trees and early spring flowers were just starting to bud out.

As we got nearer to the second cemetery the area became more rural with fewer houses. Upon seeing the cemetery, which was next to a very old white church, I immediately thought of visiting my Grandmother and Grandfather’s old church in Alabaster, AL when they had the old dinner on the grounds meetings back in the 1950’s.

Donnie and I got on our heavy coats and went to work crisscrossing the cemetery looking at all the tombstones. We found graves of World War II veterans, but no Civil War veterans.

The wind was still gusting to about 20 miles an hour. We were cold and it was about 12:30 PM. We headed to El Dorado for a late lunch.

We arrived at El Dorado’s town square and had a late lunch of Mexican food, which really hit the spot. I was feeling sort of bummed out that we could not find the remains of the town of Champaignolle or the cemetery where Littleton and Nancy Duke were buried.

Well, I had one last card left to play after lunch.


About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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