June 9, 2015
This weekend I was in DC. On Saturday morning, I thought I’d take a stroll over to Georgetown to visit the site of Southworth’s house on Prospect St. and to see her gravestone in Oak Hill Cemetery, since I hadn’t paid a visit in about a decade. The cemetery, in the northeast corner of Georgetown, is home to many important figures from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, “Home Sweet Home” songwriter John Howard Payne, a number of Civil War generals and Confederate spies, and Washington Post editor Katharine Graham. Jefferson Davis’s grave was even there until 1893.