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Rosalie Beekman
03-10-04 Sher Hogue

Rosalie Beekman

Natchez, Mississippi

May 13, 1855 - September 3, 1862

The inscription on the stone reads:

The summons came forth and she died.
Yet her parting was gentle, for those
Whom she loved mingled tears at her side.
Her death was dear Rosa's repose;
Out weakness may weep o'er her bier,
But her spirit has gone on the wing
To triumph for agony here,
To rejoice in the joy of her king.

Rosalie Beekman was 7 years old when the Union gunboat U.S.S. Essex bombarded Natchez on September 2, 1862.

Her parents, Aaron and Fanny Beekman, operated a business on Silver Street in the Under-the-Hill district. (Natchez is situated on a very high bluff that overlooks the river. Silver Street runs down the bluff to the banks of the river.)

When the family ran for shelter from the cannons, Rosalie was hit and fell to the ground. When her father called to her to get up and run, she replied, "I can't, Papa, I'm killed."

She died the next day.

Rosalie Beekman became the only person to die from hostile action in Natchez during the Civil War.


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ann isshinryu_mom12-Mar-2004 01:16
Beatiful shot, Sher. I love these glimpses into history.
Guest 11-Mar-2004 18:13
As usual you caught a superb shot. Love the nice poem on the stone. The story it's really touching. Well done.
Karen Stuebing11-Mar-2004 09:17
Oh, this is beautiful. I love old cemetaries. The story and photo brought tears to my eyes. What a nice tribute to these people.
Sher Hogue11-Mar-2004 05:02
i'm not making up the stories. i've been researching these graves since i was a teenager. :)
Guest 11-Mar-2004 04:13
WOW! This is beautiful like the rest. Are you researching these people? Or are you making up stories? If you're researching them, hats off to you for all that extra work! Lovely!
doug Sandquist11-Mar-2004 04:02
I am not sure if I am moved more by the image or the story! I love the texture in the image....