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Throwback Thursday: "Sleep Baby, Sleep"
In 2008 while visiting my father's grave at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, I came across a headstone of a child that read "Sleep Baby, Sleep." It was the grave of a little girl named Marjorie who had died in the 1890s, the heartbreak of her parents apparent on the headstone. I decided to try to research Marjorie, not expecting to find anything, when I discovered that her father was a fairly well known General. He and his wife were stationed at Ft. Logan back when it was a prairie outpost in the wilds of Colorado and he rose to prominence, but not before burying his precious Marjorie and a baby boy simply marked "Infant" right next to her.
"Sleep Baby, Sleep" was the first story I ever wrote as a tribute to my Dad and Major General Graves. It was originally featured in "Denver Pieces" magazine and in 2012, appeared in "bioStories."
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A. Elizabeth Herting