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Mike B. (#47525629)
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Bio Photo There are over 98,100 souls buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Richmond, Va. and 11,800 Confederate soldiers give or take a 1,000. The picture on the left Is the Confederate section Oakwood Cemetery taken in 1865. Please DO NOT WASH HEADSTONES!!! You can destroy them by using any kind of soap, bleach, Ajax. I came across a marble stone over 200 years old a few years ago. I went back and somebody had cleaned it. It was all pitted and the details were almost gone and the stone turned gray. Reason you do not clean them. There are chemicals in all modern cleaning materials. They will eat them away faster than the weather. SO LEAVE THEM ALONE!!! If you can't read them DO A RUBBING with paper and pencil. Post the headstone and the rubbing together. I also found out you can use thin aluminum foil using a soft brush and brush lightly over the letters. I'm starting to see where people are rewriting history to fit there agenda.//// F. A. Q. How do I get a relative's memorial transferred to me?
First, Determine if you really need the memorial transferred to you for management. Transferring of management should only be requested If you have extensive changes to make to a memorial. You can add photos and suggest corrections without having to request management. Simply having someone in your family tree is not grounds for a management transfer request. With hundreds of thousands of contributors, we have many overlapping family trees and it would be impossible for all contributors to manage their entire tree. Also, the goal is not to "own" every memorial of those to whom you are related. The ultimate goal should be to have meaningful, accurate memorials that honor those who have passed away, regardless of who created the memorial or who maintains it.
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Chuck Schubert
I was at Oakwood last week and took over 6,000 pictures. 80 percent have not been entered. I covered all sections of D (a,b,c,d,e etc) and started section A. Amazing most of section D was not covered before. The names were listed, but the pictures were not there. Section E is an easier terrain to cover and most are there near the red house. Thanks to the maps you sent me in May I was able to keep on track and covered most of the older part of the cemetery until it got dark and cold. Chuck
Added by Chuck Schubert on Nov 25, 2014 8:24 PM
James FLoyd Giles
Hi Mike, thanks for the additional info on him. I've added to his memorial.
Added by Birdgirl on Nov 13, 2014 1:30 PM
RE: Pvrt. James Floyd Giles
Hi Mike, thanks for your reply. At the present time, I have found 37 CSA soldiers that are related to me and I am trying to pay tribute to them all. Thanks for all you do.
Added by Birdgirl on Nov 11, 2014 5:33 PM
Pvrt. James Floyd Giles
Hi Mike, thank you so much the edits and the documents you posted on his memorial. He is my gg grandmother's brother. She also has another brother as well as her husband who died during the "War of Northern Aggression." Last month, we installed and dedicated a CSA marker for Pvt. Seaborn Jordan (137734155). Do you know if Pvt. Giles has any kind of marker? Thanks for your hard work and willingness to share. It is very much appreciated. Joyce Byrd Slaughter
Added by Birdgirl on Nov 11, 2014 3:59 PM
RE: Reuben H. Clay
Thanks so much Mike! Especially on this Veterans Day weekend, I want to express my great appreciation for all your hard work and dedication transcribing the old records into memorial pages for our fallen soldiers and helping so many find their lost ancestors. Kudos to you!
Added by Nanijo on Nov 09, 2014 9:40 AM
RE: Reuben H. Clay
I think I am the same person you are referring to who had several discussions with the historian at the National Park Service in Richmond. He did not have any information as far as records for my RH Clay, only to say that records show that the section of Oakwood where RH Clay is buried was for burials between late April and early May of 1862, and that the burial records are full of mistakes. My RH Clay died May 5, 1862, which fits with this burial. There are NO records for any soldier named RH Clay from Mississippi. I have a record that shows my RH Clay from Georgia was sent from Yorktown to a hospital. There is a newspaper article from the Richmond Dispatch for May 5, 1862 that discusses the great number of sick soldiers who were arriving in Richmond via trains and boats on the James River, from Yorktown, quite sick and in need of care, and there were not enough ambulances to get them to the many hospitals. Soldiers were lying on the roads waiting for transport. This is all in keeping with the likelihood that my RH Clay was put on a train or boat to receive care in Richmond, but most likely died as he waited for help in Richmond. If you send me an email address I will be happy to send you the newspaper stories and my ancestors military records. Thanks!
Added by Nanijo on Nov 08, 2014 2:10 PM
RE: Here is My Grandfathers number
Thanks mike ,I was hoping to find a record that would give a clue what county in Virginia he came from or who he is related to .Despite years of trying we cant find his parents. Thanks for your information its a clue I was Richmond while back they told me most of all the wounded in that battle were brought by train to that big hospital, but the captured records are in Washington D.C. and you have to go there to view them I don't know maybe someday they will micro film them . Jarrott
Added by JARROTT P. COX on Nov 08, 2014 7:40 AM
Here is My Grandfathers number
Find A Grave Memorial# 6104113 .Thank you again . Jarrott
Added by JARROTT P. COX on Nov 07, 2014 10:58 PM
Chimborazo Hospital
Mike ,I see you have posted some records from the Chimborazo Hospital ,can I ask where you obtained them My Great Grandfather Garland Wesley cox was most likely in that hospital after He was wounded in the 3rd battle of Winchester Or one the others there . I would be very grateful for any thing you could help me with . Thank you
Added by JARROTT P. COX on Nov 07, 2014 10:55 PM
Carole Conrad
John Brown buried at oakwood.
thks so much for the info 124387027

I added it to the grave.

thks for what u are doing.

we had a great Alleghany/ashe cty nc and grayson cty va CW researcher who notated all the men...jeff weaver

we are trying to get all the local csa men in graves that are known.

I will be happy to send you all I know buried at oakwood from my area from jeff's notes if u like.

Added by Carole Conrad on Oct 29, 2014 10:58 PM
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