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William Henry Gaston

Updated: Sep 8, 2021

Greenwood Cemetery in Dallas, Texas was a stunning sight. Trees, and beautiful plants lay across the entire lot. Adorned with lots of large statuary, and old gravestones, I was instantly drawn to this place. This cemetery was so large, that I ended up visiting it twice. So much of Dallas' historic people are buried here.

Greenwood Cemetery Entrance and maintenance building

Some scenery pictures

Historic sign, explaining how Greenwood came to be, and more beautiful trees.

The head of the Gaston household.

William Henry Gaston, dressed in his uniform.

Robert H. Gaston, William's younger brother, who died in the battle of Sharpsburg/Antietam.

Confederate papers for Robert, and George Gaston.

A picture of the book that the boys' letters appear in.

William Henry Gaston as an older gentleman.

William's Obituary

The step leading into the Gaston family plot. Picture take by Larry Chenault on 25 Mar 2001, taken from

William's headstone. As we discussed in the podcast, he has a very modest resting place. It's not large, or adorned with anything special. It's simple and humble.

William was a man who did everything. He was a man of many talents, and because of those talents, Dallas is what it is today. He lost family, a wife, a child, and yet he persevered and continued to become the man he wanted to be.

Here are some more photos of the beautiful Greenwood Cemetery, taken by yours truly. -Taylor

As I stated in the podcast, moss sits on every headstone, making some hard to read.

Beautiful statuary were spread all throughout the cemetery.

Above are four pictures of a small plot where Union Soldiers were buried.

A very old mausoleum with confederate soldiers entombed inside.

Our sources:

Eyewitness to the Civil War, The complete History from Secession To Reconstruction

By Neil Kagan and Stephen G. Hyslop

The Civil War: A Narrative Fort Sumter to Perryville By Shelby Foote

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