Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Feb 14, 2012
- Central Pennsylvania
Pittsburg Daily Post, Christmas Day, 1867- Cont'd below
Posted previously on commerce v Confederate- and indeed many Union dead at Gettysburg. Despite Lincoln's November, 1863 seal on our National Cemetery it was not until well into 1864 David Wills felt satisfied Union dead had been reinterred there. 1870 until Dr. Rufus Weaver spearheaded the massive effort, funded by Southern families, to begin removing and sending home men who had lain in mass graves, trenches, now mounds on the battlefield. By then, David McCaughy ( of ' Bury 'em quick, Elizabeth, before another cemetery gets to charge the government for them ', fame ) had built a hotel and attempted a rather glitzy, officers-only, 1869 reunion there- mercifully ill attended.
But. This inaction was not unnoticed or popular. That Sickle's leg received more post mortem attention than Confederate dead? ( sorry, I said that but it seems the general sense of frustration ) I'll only post one letter, of many, the most striking because it includes sentiments at Antietam- Maryland's answer to war's ugliest face.
The War Department should indeed have taken a hand No historian, I do know the 2nd Battle of Gettysburg was over greed- who would control the tourist dollars. It took place beginning July 4th, 1863. With an army at its disposal you'd have ' thunk ' the War Department would have won, v. commerce. Did anyone make the attempt, in the early scramble? No idea. At the least, newspapers show families of the North inclined to bring shovels themselves, and take men home.