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I am a retired Huntsville Alabama Police Officer. I have been a student of local history for many years. My main interests lie in Alabama Civil War Units. One of the saddest things about the Civil War was that so many young men left home and were never heard from again. Their families never knew how or where they died or where they were buried. Thanks to the work of many Findagrave contributors, I have reunited many of these brave men,if only in a virtual cemetery. These cemeteries are a constant work in progress and a tedious undertaking. If you have a relative that has not yet been included, please let me know and it would be my honor to add them. I welcome any and all info on any of my memorials and am always happy to transfer your kin folk. If you visit the memorial of any of these brave men, please honor them in any way you see fit. Whether or not you believe their cause was just, does not matter. What matters is that men from both sides fought and died protecting the only way of life they had ever known. "Alas! In how many Southern homes aching hearts waited through weary months for news of loved ones that never came until the suspense was replaced by the real certainty that the absent one had helped to swell the unknown dead of the Wheatfield, the Peach Orchard, or the Devil's Den of a Northern land."--J. Howard Wert. Sometimes I come home from work with a sore back or tired feet or maybe even a headache. Then I think of a 18 year old boy lying wounded in a dark field. He's hundreds of miles from home. He's thirsty,hungry and cold. He's crying for his Mama. Or I think of Robert and Sarah Milling, of Dallas County, who lost their five sons to the Confederate cause in the 20th Alabama Infantry. Suddenly, I don't feel so bad afterall.|
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|Kit Kolenda||Samual A Norrell|
I'm doing my Sailor tree and was my paternal great grandmother's uncle. We had a bunch of Norrell and Sailor relatives in the CW. I would like to update your info a little bit.
Birth: 1840, Georgia, son of Thomas Norrell and Elizabeth Dicey
Cowgill. He never married.
No 's' at the end of his name.
I'm going to Nashville in Oct and will visit my great grandfather's grave at the CW Veterans cemetery at the Hermitage. I have been there twice (first time couldn't find him) second time brought him two CW fight flags and will replace them this year with new ones. My nephew was apparently the very first family member to ever visit the grave. He brought him a shot of whiskey and rolled a cigarette for him. I'm sure my g.grandather was pleased. He was in the GA 28th with his brother, who died early on of illness, several other Norrell family members. My ggrandather was Jeremiah Jackson Sailor. How's that for a cool name?
Regards....Kit Sailor Kolenda
|Chris||Find A Grave Memorial# 153167838|
I took a couple of minutes to expand on the Wesley Bradford entry you recently corrected. Here's what I came up with. If you like it, please feel free to use some or all of it.
Welcome your additions and improvements to the following draft text:
SGT Wesley S. Bradford was born in Fostoria, Ohio. He enlisted for three years, at age 40, into Company A, Ohio 21st Volunteer Infantry Regiment, on 19 Sep 1861. He died at the Battle of Chickamauga, in Georgia. His death in battle was reported by the Hancock Jeffersonian newspaper in its 09 Oct 1863 edition, and elsewhere. This news was attributed to LT John C. Martin of the 21st. There is no known individual grave marker for SGT Bradford. His soldier record, provided by the National Park Service, can be found here (https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers-detail.htm?soldierId=96AD0385-DC7A-DF11-BF36-B8AC6F5D926A).
SGT Bradford was married Sarah Ebersole and they had six children. He was a farmer. He also was a direct descendant of GOV William Bradford of Mayflower fame.
SGT Bradfordís unit fought exclusively in the Civil Warís Western Theater and that unit saw action in some of the war's bloodiest battles: Stones River, Chickamauga, the Atlanta Campaign, and Sherman's March to the Sea. According to the National Park Service, the Chickamauga battle was second only to Gettysburg in terms of American loss of life. A summary of the unitís engagements is available here (https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-battle-units-detail.htm?battleUnitCode=UOH0021RI01).
Added by Chris on Jun 27, 2016 9:08 PM
|Chris||Find A Grave Memorial# 153167838|
As for Wesley S Bradford, a memorial you maintain, please know he was a Union soldier, not a Confederate one, and served with the OH 21st Infantry. I'll also let Gail and Scott know. Fun fact: He was a direct descendant of Gov. William Bradford, of Mayflower fame.
Added by Chris on Jun 21, 2016 6:25 AM
|Lisa||3rd Confederate Cavalry|
Thank you for your work on this project. My 3rd great grandfather John Bates was in the 3rd Confederate. He is not on your list but he was in the 3rd Confederate.
Added by Lisa on Jun 15, 2016 5:44 PM
|Arlene Blackall||Find A Grave Memorial# 67373585|
Find A Grave Memorial# 67373585
Pvt Jeremiah Dean
If possible could you transfer this record to me? This is my Great Grandfather
|Scott A. Martin||Private John Hooker #104333216|
Private John Hooker
Find A Grave Memorial# 104333216
If possible, could you transfer this relative's memorial to me? Thank you for creating his memorial.
|G.C.S.||JOHN H NORWOOD|
PLEASE ADD LT. COL.JOHN H NORWOOD FROM THE 55th
FIND A GRAVE NUMBER 104482661
Added by G.C.S. on May 21, 2016 2:27 PM
|Steve Nicholson||11th Alabama Cavalry|
My 2nd Great Grandfather was in the 11th Alabama Cavalry. 34526283
Also 3rd Great Uncle. 97791995
Thanks S Nicholson
|Michael Jenkins-Brown||Thank you|
Thank you for your service. I too have a passion to preserve our history. Thank you again for the work you do.
|Lori Hartman Hegar||51st Alabama Partisan Rangers|
Please add William Spence 11474628
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