Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Feb 14, 2012
- Central Pennsylvania
I've been to both Hollywood in Richmond and Magnolia in Charleston and visited the Confederate dead from Gettysburg. It was moving and I spent some time in Magnolia reading the stones and thinking of those guys and their families.
In the article describing the ceremony in Richmond it mentions Rev. Hoge (misspelled once as Hodge). That was Rev. Moses Drury Hoge who was pastor of the Presbyterian church, a friend of Stonewall Jackson, and an ardent Confederate supporter and active minister to the troops (although he had opposed secession). His wife accompanied Stonewall Jackson's wife when she went to be with him after his wounding.
Anyway, his name caught my eye because he performed the marriage of John Winn and his first wife, my great grandmother.
Just bumping this because I found an incredible list from Magnolia Cemetery? The Ladies Aid assoiations ( fuzzy on how many, sorry- hate to leave names unmentioned ) figured heavily in the movement. List is inclusive of where men were buried at Gettysburg initially! Goodness, that must have been Weaver, Sr., at Gettysburg, continuing his work after the National Cemetery was dedicated, too.
It's incredible, what the Weavers contributed to loved ones. If Weaver, senior, exposed a Confederate soldier he made as many notes by way of ID he could before covering the grave again. His notes were used by his son, taking time off hs career as a doc, when Southern families reached out.
You simply cannot fathom how, in all the shambles, any, single grave was identified much less as many as is on this list from Magnolia. We knew " The Gettysburg Dead " was not just Richmond, flattens you, knowing how many were brought back. It'll be a long thread, and worth it.