Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Feb 14, 2012
- Central Pennsylvania
From the uber famous Elliot Map, a snip encompassing nearly 1,000 Confederate graves between the Rose Farm and Weikert's, one example of war's distance orphaned graves. Thousands to be brought home- found an article which was awfully helpful. Have a thread ( several ) here on CWT, on Gettysburg Dead, article is comprehensive on battles through the war.
Researching an awfully long thread on identifying Gettysburg Dead sent to Magnolia Cemetery, South Carolina's final resting place for men lost at Gettysburg. ( maybe tomorrow ) came across the best ' synopsis ' I've ever seen on the entire, war-long topic. War dead from 1861 through the last of the 1865 fighting, brought home. I say ' synopisis ' but it's lengthy enough to bypass the word.
It was a horrific problem, not knowing where one's loved was buried or perhaps you did but he was so far away, you lacked the ability to bring him home. Worse, life galloped along literally over the heads of long rows of men, buried where they fell on fields of battle scant months old. Commerce played a part, as at Gettyburg- tourists exclaimed at sights we all know well, unaware men lay beneath that ground. Those making money from the tourists sure knew.
Our family still has five unmarked graves. One is marked in cemetery records, thankfully- three are unknowns at Gettysburg. We at least know that, one an unknown at Shiloh although he was sure marked when buried and we cannot seem to get anyone to look at the military letter stating this. Another, an X on a map at Goose Creek, Virginia, a page in a soldier's journal on display in Gettysburg College's Special Collections. But none came home.
That there was an effort, quite a few efforts, bringing sons husbands, fathers, brothers and uncles home to loved ones? Priceless evidence of compassion at so many levels, it gives you hope. Anyway, cool article.