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Laura (#47231429)
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I am working on a virtual cemetery of all the men who served in the 16th Georgia Infantry Volunteers (all 10 companies) and am planning to write a book. My connection to the 16th is through my husband. His gg grandfather William Walker Fitts (Find A Grave Memorial# 47068331) served in Company D "Danielsville Guards" and was killed at the Bloody Angle during the Battle of Spotsylvania.

We were lucky to have the opportunity to go last April and visit many of the battlefields where the men of the 16th GA fought. It seems that the places where they fought were always the places that saw the heaviest casualties and the worst engagements. It was very moving to follow along the footsteps of the Regiment and see the places in person. We stood in the Wheatfield and the Peach Orchard at Gettysburg; the Sunken Road at Fredericksburg; the Bloody Lane at Antietam; and saw Cramptons Gap where 500 Confederates (including the 16th Georgia) tried to defend against the approach of 15,000 union soldiers.

At Spotsylvania where my husbands gg grandfather was killed, we were lucky to hire a very knowledgeable guide who was able to research and then show us almost precisely where the 16th GA was at the Bloody Angle and where WW Fitts died. He is not in the Confederate Cemetery and his burial is unknown. Since many of the dead were left in the trenches and the ground turned over them, we assume this was his fate.

To honor the memory of these men, I am systematically searching through every name on the roster, cross checking through Fold3 records, and trying to locate the men on Find A Grave, then linking them in a virtual cemetery so they can be found together. For the many who were killed in action at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and elsewhere who do not have a grave, I am creating memorials with their information and listing their burials as unknown. So far I have located and linked over 600 memorials for the 16th GA Inf Vols.

Since little compiled information is currently available about the 16th I am also planning to write a book. If you have additional information about its members, I would be happy to include biographical info, stories, letters, etc. Please feel free to message me with any additional info or for more info I may have on a relative.

Link to the virtual cemetery 16th Georgia Inf Vols appears on my Find A Grave contributor page.
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Bobbie O'Barr
RE: Aaron George Risner - # 114849062
Thank you for linking Michael Joseph Risner to his father. His mother's burial place is unknown but you may want to add her name in the biographical section of his memorial. His mother, Tena Tabitha Teresa (Avery) Risner, was the first wife of Aaron George Risner.

Thank you for the hard work you have done to connect Joseph Risner to his family. It is appreciated.

Added by Bobbie O'Barr on Aug 17, 2014 5:01 PM
Mary Hubbard Miller
RE: Jesse S Lott Find A Grave Memorial# 53647742
I know nothing about this man. I was taking photos of the whole cemetery.

Added by Mary Hubbard Miller on Aug 12, 2014 6:19 AM
David Woodson Barnett #101699163
Hi, Laura. I put the information you send on David's memorial page. Thanks again Myrt
Added by myrt on Aug 11, 2014 5:31 PM
Sandra Bonner Adair
RE: Gholstons in the 16th GA Infantry
Do you have any additional information about him? His first name would be a great help in finding his burial location. Most Civil War burials are listed by first name and middle initial. The bodies of some of the soldiers who died of disease were returned to their families for burial.
Added by Sandra Bonner Adair on Aug 09, 2014 1:48 PM
Shirley Hart Dillingham
Thomas H. Chandler
Hello Laura ~ Thanks for contacting me with the following message: "Do you know if this is the Thomas H Chandler listed on the roster of 16th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Company A "Madison Greys" which was organized at Madison County, GA and in official Confederate service records as follows:

Chandler, Thomas H.- enlisted private July 11, 1861 at Danilesville, Madison County, GA. Listed on receipt roll for "Commutation of Rations" July 10-18, 1861 while enroute to Richmond, Va. Captured at Crampton's Gap Sept 14, 1862 and sent to Fort Delaware prison. Paroled there and sent to Aikens Landing for exchange Nov 10, 1862. Listed on roll of CSA General Hospital Charlottesville, Va Dec 12, 1862 with Vuln contusio (some kind of wound.) Transferred Dec 19, 1862 to General Hospital Lynchburg. Listed on the roll for Wayside receiving Hospital, Richmond Va July 31 1864. Diagnosed with chro bronchitis and furloughed for 30 days Aug 14, 1864 destination Social Circle, GA. Roll for January 31, 1865, last on file, shows him absent. No later record."

I'm sorry, but I do not know if this is the same Thomas H. Chandler or not. I found his Texas Death Certificate & it indicates he was born in Carroll County, Georgia (Parents show Unknown). He died in Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas. I have also linked him to his wife, Emma, whose headstone says "wife of Thomas H. Chandler". I will also try to look for some additional information on Emma.

I am sorry that I am not able to be of more help.

Have a great weekend!

Shirley Hart Dillingham
Katy, Texas
Added by Shirley Hart Dillingham on Aug 09, 2014 9:04 AM
#101699163 David W. Barnett
Hi Laura, I have being looking for information on him. I thank you have the right David. You can put him in your book. I found him in the 1870, 1860 and 1850 census. If I can help let me know. Myrt
Added by myrt on Aug 07, 2014 12:45 PM
Sgt. Fitzpatrick
Thank you so much on the information on Nathaniel Fitzpatrick.
Added by Red on Aug 06, 2014 9:18 AM
Mike B.
H. Baxter
I would say no since he died in Culpeper Co., Va.. It would have been a good wagon ride then. He might be buried in a local cemetery. There will be more research on this soldier in the future.
Added by Mike B. on Aug 06, 2014 3:34 AM
RE: Elsberry
You are most welcome; you are to be commended for the time & efforts you've put in---
Added by BigFrench on Aug 03, 2014 11:26 AM
Don Atwell
RE: William E Baston # 52187305
This could be possible, I did further research and found his place of birth was Columbia County, GA, and his father's name was John. I appreciate your research and know what a problem it could be locating ancestors that died during the Civil War. I also have visited several battlefields, Manassas, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Shiloh, Corinth, Chattanooga, Franklin, Atlanta, Harper's Ferry and several more. My 3rd gggrandfather was captured while he was in the hospital at Richmond when it fell and was sent to Lookout Point, but did make it home.

Added by Don Atwell on Jul 31, 2014 10:39 PM
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