Suffolk resident and senior vice commander of the local Sons of Union Veterans camp, Thomas Grund, Jr., spent months working to identify four soldiers who, for decades, had lain under tombstones marked "Unknown". The park service reviewed the claims and agreed that Grund's conclusions were correct.
"Two-thirds of the burials here are unknown," park Superintendent Dan Smith had said before the observance began. "To rededicate these this many years later is amazing and a real tribute to what Memorial Day is all about."
The new headstones arrived at Yorktown National Cemetery just in time for Memorial Day, 2009:
Pvt. Robert Rumney, Company F, 65th New York Infantry, died April 18, 1862, near Warwick Courthouse, most likely of disease.
Corpl. Emile Lambert, 3rd Independent Battery, New York Light Artillery, killed in battle near Lee's Mill April 16, 1862.
Pvt. Harrison Demouth, Company I, 7th New Jersey Infantry, died May 1, 1862, of typhoid fever at hospital, Ship Point, Va.
Sgt. Joshua Richardson, 74th New York Infantry, killed in action May 5, 1862, near Williamsburg.
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