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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.)*

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.
As Historian of the above cemeteries, please feel free to inquire of any Confederate burials.
Also, I give tours of each.
The Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Park Service refers Confederate burial inquiries to me.
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Sparrow ~ Dashiell
Big French... I appreciate all of the work you are doing here at Find-a-Grave. You have created several memorials for various relations; including the Sparrow-Dashiell, aunts & uncles and cousins who are buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond. That family was known for their Episcopal ministers, educators and soldiers in the early to late 19th century.

On another note, great photo of you with the "Bowie" knife at your induction in the MOSB. ~ many thanks aagin for your help linking the relatives, George Gaston
Added by GMG on Sep 16, 2014 6:23 PM
Katie Hanes McClain
Pvt. Jacob H. Hanes 18821885
Thank you for this posting and the picture of his tombstone. Was the tombstone part of a National Park project? Jacob is a cousin and his name is also inscribed on a tombstone memorial, along with his brother George, at cemetery in North Carolina. Both were killed in the Civil War.
Added by Katie Hanes McClain on Aug 19, 2014 11:54 AM
Pleasant Martin
thank you for the info.
so disappointed tho
Added by deegraver on Aug 06, 2014 5:36 PM
RE: William Bruce
I should have added that Robert S Andrews was the father of Mary H Andrews Bruce, Williams wife.

Added by Robin on Aug 03, 2014 7:42 AM
Norma Wilkinson
RE: Lieut John Latane'
I used and I think his was from

I try to check both to find dates.
Added by Norma Wilkinson on Aug 03, 2014 7:30 AM
RE: William Bruce
My great great grandparents were Edwin Garnett and Hortensia Sale Andrews. I have spent a lot of time explaining to people that Edwin G died before the war and it was his son Edwin "Ned" who served with the Sparta Grays. Many still think otherwise so I appreciate your question. A descendant of Robert S Andrews (my cousin a few times removed) gave me Sale as Wm Bruce's middle name. His grandmother was a Sale so I didn't have any reason to not accept it at face value.
Whatever you decide, add or not add, is fine with me.

Best regards,

Added by Robin on Aug 02, 2014 4:25 PM
On the Trail
RE: Elsberry
Ahhhhh. Good point. I hadnt thought of that and you are probably right. Thanks again for helping me better understand. I am relatively new to this and really appreciate when folks who have more knowledge and experience are willing to help.
Added by On the Trail on Jul 30, 2014 10:41 PM
On the Trail
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.
Added by On the Trail on Jul 28, 2014 8:37 PM
On the Trail
RE: William Walker Fitts

Thanks for your 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.

Added by On the Trail on Jun 26, 2014 9:35 PM
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 site?


Susan Goodman
My grandmother was a Cloe!
Added by sgoodman on Jun 23, 2014 2:13 PM
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