BUILT: c. Mid-1800s
STATUS: Still standing
The McConnico Cemetery, also known as the McConnico-Steele Cemetery, contains some of Monroe County’s oldest graves. William Washington McConnico donated the plot of land to serve his family, friends, and neighbors. The cemetery was segregated into two regions, as was the practice at the time. The northern region (McConnico) was used for Caucasians, while the southern region (Steele) was designated for African-Americans and Creek Native Americans The sections were divided down the middle with a fence and cedar trees and privet and camellia shrubs. Community gates were constructed to make access to the cemetery easy. McConnico was buried in the cemetery in 1830.
In fall 1865, Captain Charles Locklin and his wife were riding inside their carriage early one morning when they witnessed twelve Union soldiers (six on either side) pass by on horseback. The soldiers’ white-gloved hands crossed over the pommel of their saddles. They had bandages wrapped around their heads. The Locklins also witnessed the apparition of Lafayette Siegler, a Confederate soldier who would singlehandedly ambush Union patrols, kill them, and amputate and collect their ears. Sigler’s collection of ear trophies was said to be rather impressive. The twelve soldiers and Siegler continue to haunt the McConnico Cemetery. They have been seen off and on for over a hundred years. Siegler has been sighted chasing Union Soldiers.
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- Hauck, Dennis William. Haunted Places: The National Directory
- Hubpages. “Haunted Alabama Cemeteries,” www.discover.hubpages.com
- Lee Peacock. “Top 10 Spookiest Places in Monroe,” www.LeePeacock2010.blogspot.com