Laurel Grove Cemetery

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Laurel Grove Cemetery
GA Savannah Laurel Grove Cem North gate01.jpg
Laurel Grove Cemetery is located in the United States
Laurel Grove Cemetery
Laurel Grove Cemetery is located in Georgia
Laurel Grove Cemetery
LocationSavannah, Georgia, United States
Coordinates32°03′56″N 81°06′30″W / 32.06548°N 81.10833°W / 32.06548; -81.10833Coordinates: 32°03′56″N 81°06′30″W / 32.06548°N 81.10833°W / 32.06548; -81.10833
  • James O. Morse
  • William George
  • Sholl & Fay
NRHP reference No.78000972[1][2] (original)
83000187[3][4] (increase)
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 6, 1978
Boundary increaseAugust 4, 1983

Laurel Grove Cemetery is a cemetery located in midtown Savannah, Georgia. It includes the original cemetery for whites (now known as Laurel Grove North) and a companion burial ground (called Laurel Grove South) that was reserved for slaves and free people of color. The original cemetery has countless graves of many of Savannah's Confederate veterans of the American Civil War. Laurel Grove South holds the graves of thousands of slaves and free blacks from coastal Georgia. The cemetery was dedicated in 1852. The lawyer and poet Henry Rootes Jackson delivered the dedication address.[5]

With lush plantings and beautifully carved stones, both sections of Laurel Grove Cemetery resemble more famous Victorian-era graveyards such as Green-Wood in New York City and Père Lachaise in Paris. The south section of the cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1978 and the north section was added to the NRHP in 1983.


Although planned as early as 1818, Laurel Grove first opened for burials in 1853. Administrators of Laurel Grove have recently begun an ambitious plan to computerize the cemetery's burial records.

Notable interments
Name Notability References
Edward Clifford Anderson Sr. Mayor of Savannah for eight terms before and after the American Civil War, 15-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, and brigadier general in the Confederate States Army. Led Savannah's Reconstruction efforts.
George Wayne Anderson Jr. Commander of Fort McAllister during American Civil War, member of the Republican Blues. Born at, and later owned, the Lebanon plantation located between Fort McAllister and Savannah.
Francis Stebbins Bartow Confederate politician and Confederate States Army officer during the American Civil War
John M. Berrien U.S. senator from the state of Georgia
William Bellinger Bulloch U.S. senator from Georgia and relative of U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt
Robert Milledge Charlton U.S. senator representing Georgia
Isaiah Davenport Master builder; constructed what is now known as the Isaiah Davenport House in 1820[6]
Stephen Elliott 37th bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA)
William Bennett Fleming U.S. representative from Georgia
Jeremy F. Gilmer Chief of engineers for the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War
William Washington Gordon Politician and businessman, co-founded and served as first president of the Central Railroad and Banking Company (now the Central of Georgia Railroad)
Delia Green Child murder victim and inspiration for the song "Delia's Gone", buried in an unmarked grave
Alfred Haywood Merchant and city councillor
W. W. Law American civil rights leader and president of the Savannah NAACP, who established many African American cultural institutions in Savannah, Georgia.
Juliette Gordon Low Founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA
George Paul Harrison, Sr. Brigadier general (1861–1862) and colonel (1864–1865) in the Georgia (Confederate) militia; member of the Georgia House of Representatives
Julian Hartridge U.S. representative from Georgia
Mary Haskell Educator
Frank O'Driscoll Hunter World War I fighter ace and the recipient of Distinguished Service Cross five times. Later served as commanding general of the VIII Fighter Command and, later the First Air Force, during World War II
Florence Martus Nicknamed "the Waving Girl", the unofficial greeter of all ships entering and leaving the Port of Savannah from 1887 to 1931
Lucy Barrow McIntire Activist, preservationist, actor, and poet
Lafayette McLaws U.S. Army officer and a Confederate general in the American Civil War
John Millen U.S. representative and lawyer from Georgia
Thomas Manson Norwood U.S. senator and U.S. representative from Georgia
George Welshman Owens U.S. representative and lawyer from Georgia
James Lord Pierpont Writer and composer of the song Jingle Bells
John William Pearson Businessman and Confederate captain of the Oklawaha Rangers
Phoebe Pember Confederate nurse at Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, during the American Civil War
Philip Phillips Lawyer, politician and U.S. representative from Alabama
Anna Davenport Raines Founding Vice President of the United Daughters of the Confederacy
James C. Saltus Confederate States Army officer, carpenter; oversaw the construction of the third City Market building
Augustus Schwaab Architect [7]
Ephraim Scudder Builder, prominent in the antebellum form around Savannah
Moxley Sorrel Confederate States Army officer and historian of the Confederacy
William Henry Stiles U.S. representative from Georgia.
James Johnston Waring Physician
Joseph Wasden Confederate officer in the American Civil War
James Moore Wayne Associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and a U.S. representative from Georgia
Dr. Richard Wayne Mayor of Savannah for four terms


  1. ^ "National Register Information System – Laurel Grove-South Cemetery (#78000972)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ McInvale, Morton R.; Henson, Steve (July 1977). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Laurel Grove-South Cemetery". National Park Service. Retrieved September 14, 2020. With 11 photos from July 1977
  3. ^ "National Register Information System – Laurel Grove-North Cemetery (#83000187)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  4. ^ Thomas Jr., Kenneth H.; Osvald, Karen E. (June 24, 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Laurel Grove-North Cemetery". National Park Service. Retrieved September 14, 2020. With 11 photos from May 1982
  5. ^ Laurel Grove Cemetery, An Account of its Dedication ... Delivered on the 10th of November, 1852 ...(Savannah, City Council 1852). See also Alfred L. Brophy, "The Road to the Gettysburg Address," Florida State University Law Review 43 (2016):831, 848. (discussing "rural cemetery" movement and the role of dedication speeches, including Jackson's, in explaining the movement's role in promotion of ideas of constitution and Union).
  6. ^ "Savannah's Master Builder"Savannah Magazine, March 6, 2017
  7. ^ Savannah Morning News, November 1, 1899, p. 2

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