Discussion Confederate Dead Buried by Runaway Slave

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ELMIRA, N.Y. – It sounds like a Believe-It-or-Not scenario: Confederate soldiers who died as prisoners of war buried in a Yankee graveyard by a runaway slave.
But it’s true. And it happened in Elmira, New York.
On this Memorial Day, 154 years after the end of the Civil War, graves of Confederate soldiers are still well-kept at Elmira’s Woodlawn National Cemetery. And descendants of those soldiers who died in Elmira can find their graves thanks to John W. Jones, a former slave who escaped from Virginia to Elmira via the Underground Railroad.

John W. Jones marked each soldier's coffin with his name, rank, regiment and date of death.
Jones buried or supervised the burial of each Confederate soldier that died in Elmira’s prison of war camp. Marty Chalk, president and board chairman of the Friends of Elmira Civil War Prison Camp, called him an extraordinary man.
 
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