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BigFrench (#46554304)
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Bio Photo *Honorary member Major General John Bankhead Magruder Chapter #258 Military Order of Stars & Bars (M.O.S.B)*
*Honorary member Matthew Fountaine Maury Camp 1722 Virginia Sons of Confederate Veterans (S.C.V.)*
*Honorary member Rev. Beverly Tucker Lacy Camp 2141 Virginia Sons of Confederate Veterans (S.C.V.)*

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As a lifetime history buff, and having lived near some old cemeteries, it is only "natural" that the two are now combined.
I've catalogued all the Confederate fallen in the Spotsylvania Confederate Cemetery in Spotsylvania Courthouse, Va. I will soon publish a roster/book with these findings and short bios/service records of these men. A copy will be presented to the Spotsylvania Courthouse Museum.
Also, I'm in the process of doing the same for the Confederate fallen and veterans in the Fredericksburg Confederate and City cemeteries.
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As Historian of the above cemeteries, please feel free to inquire of any Confederate burials.
Also, I give tours of each.
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The Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Park Service refers Confederate burial inquiries to me.
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Laura
RE: Pvt J C Sims # 10462481
Sent you an email about this soldier.
Added by Laura on Jul 28, 2014 9:44 PM
Laura
RE: William Walker Fitts
Thank you so much for your message. I am working on a virtual cemetery of the 16th. So far I have located and linked nearly 500 memorials. I have created memorials so far for 26 of the men killed in battle and who have no known burial or memorial (including my husbands gg grandfather William Walker Fitts.) I am including available information from official records on them as time allows. I am currently working in Company I "Hutchins Guards."

I did have a question about Elsberry, Sgt Benjamin R killed at Spotsylvania that you may be able to help with. His date of death in the officials record is listed as May 11, 1864. Do you think this is correct or a mistake?

My husband and I were lucky to be able to visit Spotsylvania last April and our guide (John Cummings) showed us where he estimates the 16th was prior to being called up into the trenches at the Bloody Angle and approximately where he thought they were in the salient (2nd line and pretty far left as facing the Union forces.) He said they were guarding the roadway/intersection before being called up to plug the gap in the Confederate line. Is this pretty much your understanding of their role and locations? I didnt think to ask if they were actually engaged on May 11. Do you know? Thanks for any info you can provide.

Thanks again for your kind help. I was not sure how many markers were there in the cemetery for members of the 16th. Here is a link to the virtual cemetery if you are interested. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=vcsr&GSvcid=394293
Added by Laura on Jul 28, 2014 8:37 PM
Laura
RE: William Walker Fitts
Dan,

Thanks for your message.....it was a long time ago, but I am just now replying. Thanks for all the work you have done to post the info for graves at the Spotsylvania cemetery. I was wondering if there is a way to search the listings for all burials of members of the 16th Georgia Infantry? I have created a virtual cemetery of the 16th and would like to add to it any members buried at Spotsylvania. Thanks.

Laura
Added by Laura on Jun 26, 2014 9:35 PM
sgoodman
Pvt William Shepherd Cloe
I notice he is listed twice on the findagrave site at two different places. It looks like the site at Cedar Run Cemetery is correct. If so, could I please use the picture of his gravestone and the bio on my ancestry.com site?

Thanks!

Susan Goodman
My grandmother was a Cloe!
Added by sgoodman on Jun 23, 2014 2:13 PM
Candeux
RE: Pvt John Dunning
Dan,

You're welcome; sorry it didn't work out. Loudon Park's records are very low tech, disorganized, and incomplete, so it's certainly possible that he is there. Unfortunately, since the cemetery is 350 acres with 100,000+ burials, there's little chance of finding his grave without knowing where he is buried. I keep a running list of photo requests, so if I run across any information on him, I will let you know.

Regards,
Joe Canner
Added by Candeux on Jun 13, 2014 6:39 AM
Richard Hornsby
Lieut Samuel A Albright
I have very little on this, although I have a Samuel Albright listed in my family tree as one of Alexander's sons, born 1835 in Orange County, NC. But I have no documentation for it. Your memorial cites Samuel's home as Graham, Alamance County. Alamance was created from Orange County in 1849. So that as well as his age (about 29) suggest that the relationship may exist. There were lots of Albrights living in the area at that time, though.
Added by Richard Hornsby on Jun 12, 2014 8:34 AM
HomesickOkie
Robert Jesse Wright Photo Request
Dear Sir,

Today I fulfilled your photo request for Robert Jesse Wright . He has a dual headstone with Ethel Campbell Wright (1909-1991), who has no Find A Grave memorial page. Their headstone is next to James Paige Wright (1937-2008, their son according to his obituary) who has no Find A Grave page either. If these are your relations, I would be happy to create memorial pages and transfer them to you. If you'd rather create the pages, I can either email the picture files to you or post them from my computer. Please let me know how I can help.

Kindest regards,
Shelby (HomesickOkie)
Added by HomesickOkie on Jun 02, 2014 11:48 AM
barbara spears
RE: Reuben Henry McGhee (30th Va. Infantry)
Big French,

Thanks so much for adding the info. I'm going to let my brother in law know. He will be so tickled. I may be getting back in touch with links to his other family members.

This is so exciting!
Barb
Added by barbara spears on May 24, 2014 3:16 PM
barbara spears
Reuben Henry McGhee (30th Va. Infantry)
Big French!

Reuben Henry McGhee, Jr.#5556208 was my brother in laws GG Grandfather and Reuben's birth date was 11/3/1836. He married first Mariah "Maria" Ann Lewis #6306417 on 9/15/1859. They had 10 children. Second he married Ida Bell Humphries on 9/9/1903. They had 2 children. Reuben died in the soldiers Home in Richmond, Va.

Can you please make these corrections and link Reuben to his two wives.

Thanks a bunch!

Barb Spears
Added by barbara spears on May 23, 2014 8:35 PM
barbara spears
RE: Lieut Dent Burroughs
Dan,

The stained glass is located Christ Church, Wayside in Newburg, Charles County, Maryland. There are a total of 8 of them in a small church, which is one of the oldest churches in Maryland, dating back before 1692. During the Civil War the North took over the church, burned the pews, shot out the windows and housed their horses inside.

After the war, around 1869 members wanted to do something special when restoring the church and that is when the stained glasses were designed. Three of them were dedicated in memory of Confederate Soldiers. Lieut. Burroughs, Capt. Michael Stone Robertson and Major Charles Hume. The others were relatives of church members.

They are so beautiful in person when the sun shines through them.

Thank you for all of your hard work on Find A Grave!
Barb Spears
Added by barbara spears on May 23, 2014 8:06 PM
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