Huntsville: Oakwood Cemetery

“The world will take care of Houston’s fame.”

So says the epitaph – by Andrew Jackson – on the monument marking Sam Houston’s grave. Erected in 1911, the monument was designed by famed sculptor Pompeo Coppini. The memorial shows Houston riding into battle atop his horse. The torches – upside-down – symbolize that victory has been won. The upside-down Roman axes signify that the battle is over.

Buried just behind Houston is his good friend, Henderson Yoakum. An illustrious politician, soldier, and writer (he wrote a two volume “History of Texas” in 1855), Yoakum remains close by his friend in death, just as he did in life.

Oakwood Cemetery