Progress on my book has been slow, chalked up to the swoon that seems to come with the –ember months. I do continue to look around for new markers, and found two yesterday. They’re out of the coverage of my territory – Old Town and Parker Gray, but I regained that joy of discovery I felt many times in 2010 when I conducted my survey of the commemorative markers.
This pair of markers focus on the Bloxham Family Cemetery. Quite frankly, I had never heard of them or their cemetery. T. Michael Miller’s, “Pen Portraits” has one entry, a roster published in the Alexandria Gazette showing the men of Company B of the First Virginia Regiment who departed Alexandria for the Mexican War in December 1846. Private William P. Bloxham is one of these soldiers.
The location of the cemetery and the two markers is on the east side of the new Witter Park (2700 Witter Drive). Those of us who have rushed our pets to the Alexandria 24-hour pet hospital on Duke Street can use that bearing – it’s behind that building. Blue Line and Amtrak riders can look to the left as they approach the Telegraph Road Bridge. The small cemetery lies between the new soccer fields and the not-quite-finished softball field for the Lady Titans.
Every historical marker has a story behind it, but not all have a commanding or unique presence. The physicality of these two is quite remarkable. The pair and the cemetery are fenced off with a black iron fence, evoking a sense of honor and dignity.
Once again, we tip our hat to the various agencies behind these efforts, including the Office of Alexandria Archaeology and the URS Corporation.
Report at Alexandria Archaeology