I live in the Carytown section of Richmond, Virginia, USA, an urban environment second to none. I grave the area of New Jersey to Georgia, looking for lost or forgotten cemeteries.
And often while walking those cemeteries I'll see some neglected or damaged or sinking markers, so I tidy them up, or sometimes I get more involved, then take a picture and post it, feeling like I might be their last best chance to be remembered for some future researcher. We all have the same purpose, we're all working for posterity, and I think this data base has become a number-one stop for any family history researcher.
I'm a U.S. Navy veteran, Vietnam era, duty aboard the USS Canopus AS-34. I raised a family, but lost my wife. I made a career in newspaper production, am now retired, and enjoy volunteer gravestone photography.
The best way I've found to get a readable gravestone photo is to redirect sunlight to create shadows in the carved surface.
Anyone who wants to use my photos may do so, without any restriction, so help yourself. They have been posted here for you to use. And if you want a transfer, simply ask for it.
Delancy Cole's memorial photo Thank you for adding that photo to his memorial. Admin had been deleting the unknown soldier's photo from that memorial for an unknown reason. They said it was because I personally didn't take the picture. I found his wife's grave in Peekskill and linked him to his family- His death in prison was unknown to her at the time of her demise- So after 150 years they are reunited.
RE: Puster ~ Olive Branch Cemetery Thank you for pointing this out. The dilemma seems to be that the names show up in both the Olive Branch and the Oak Grove Cemetery "Death Books". These books are kept at the Olive Branch Cemetery Office. I would speculate the bodies were reinterred in Olive Branch, since there is a fairly new Family/head stone marker. I going to delete the memorials in Oak Grove. The family probably has a record of it.
RE: MOLLUS ~ removals to Richmod National? Thanks for writing. That conclusion was based on my research of several sources, two in particular: 1) the Cemetery's day-to-day burial records, which on careful review showed that the POWs had been buried not in the Cemetery itself, but in two large pits adjacent to the "City Hospital and Poor House", a/k/a the "City Hospital," a/k/a the "Richmond poor house", located a few yards east of the east Cemetery wall; and 2) volume 4 of the "Roll of Honor" (the series of books that list all Civil War burials in National Cemeteries), states that a total of 556 sets of remains were disinterred from the "City Hospital" or the "Poor-house, Richmond." This finding had jibed with my suspicion that he City woud not have wasted valuable space on POWs. Also, it was the active policy of the Feds to find, disinter and rebury soldier remains in national cemeteries. The Loyal Legion marker, for which I was responsible, is a little confusing. It was drafted as my research began to show the POWs were moved, but I didn't want to lose the opportunity to memorialize them. May I ask about your interest in this subject?
I started to fulfill your photo request for Mr. and Mrs. William Chambers at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Michigan.
I apologize for the condition of Mrs. Edna's photo. I'm returning in the morning to take another photo. Her stone was under a bit of mud and I was able to wash it off, but due to a lack of time, I wasn't able to get a better photograph (lack of sun and a wet stone make for a poor picture.)
Also, there was another Chambers, next to Mr. William. Her information is as follows: MOTHER AGNES CHAMBERS 1871 1944
If you make Mrs. Agnes' memorial, I can post her photos.
RE: James Hassett Thanks for your message! The Confederates would have treated a Union soldier in a Confederate prison hospital. General Hospital No. 21, a former tobacco factory, housed 600-700 Union soldiers by the summer of 1864. Do you really think he would be among the unknown soldiers at Richmond National or do you think he would still be at Oakwood? Should I make a duplicate memorial or just note that we was likely interred there first. Thanks :)