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The small but beautiful Florence cemetery began as a burial site for the deceased Union P.O.W.s who had perished at the Florence prison stockade during the American Civil War. Two burial sites totaling more than 2700 remains had originally existed near each other and were condensed into this single site. The bodies were placed into 16 trenches which were originally marked with simple wooden markers stating “Unknown.” In 1955 these were replaced with just marble headstones at the end of each of the trenches indicating the burial sites of unknown soldiers. The cemetery also contains the burial site of a Medal of Honor recipient and the unusual story of Florena Budwin who dressed as a Union soldier in an attempt to find her husband but was captured and imprisoned at Florence before she died.
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