One of my favorite research topics – and a staple of my Rosehill Cemetery tours – is Captain Irving Carson, whose daring exploits as a scout made him a legend in his own time, the early days of the Civil War. But few at the time realized that he was also a journalist, at a time when it was a remarkably new profession. And when he died in the Battle of Shiloh, he became the first journalist to be killed in action. If you know his story well and look closely at his cemetery plot, you might notice that there’s something fishy about it. Did the cemetery originally plan to give him a big, fancy monument that would have become a selling point for other burial plots?
I previously covered Carson in a lengthy post on the Mysterious Chicago podcast and blog