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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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Sandi H.
Moses W. Wright
I can't thank you enough! It's very moving to read some details about this Confederate soldier's death, particularly because it turns out that he was only 19 years old.
Just recently, through FindAGrave, I met a great-grandson of Captain W. H. Wright. I can't wait to share the information with him!
I had already checked some of the web pages you referred to about Richmond's Oakwood/Confederate Cemetery...
Now that I know Moses' middle initial, I find both him and his brother W. H. on this web page:
There were two more brothers who served. James and John Wright survived the War, as did William. Perhaps this family was fortunate to have lost only one of four brothers to the conflict (but sad that it was the youngest one).
Many thanks,
Added by Sandi H. on Jul 11, 2014 3:39 PM
J Gallagher
Z. B. Sansing
I was thrilled to see you had a memorial for Z. B. Sansing. He's one of my Sansing cousins that we did not know where he was buried. I had his Civil War Service record which does not give his date of death or place of death so to find this is of great value to us. Do you know of any records that Oakwood cemetery might have that might shed some light on his date of death?

Thank you so much for adding this! He is a long way from his home in Louisiana
Added by J Gallagher on Jul 07, 2014 6:06 PM
Henry Webber
Cephas Switzer
Thanks Mike for the information on Cephas. I have added the information to his memorial. Thanks, Henry Webber
Added by Henry Webber on Jul 07, 2014 7:58 AM
Donna Summers
RE: Pvt. Mahlon Dadisman
Thank you for posting it. I appreciate all you're doing.
Added by Donna Summers on Jul 05, 2014 2:53 PM
Dottie Meadows
Bertha Mae Smoot
Thank you so much for taking the photo of Bertha Smoot's headstone. I appreciate it
Added by Dottie Meadows on Jun 25, 2014 9:22 PM
John Shuck
Eggleston Woodward
Hi Mike, Regarding memorial # 75201447, Eggleston Woodward, your picture is as good as mine so I'm find with just leaving your picture on the memorial. Thanks for letting me know. John
Added by John Shuck on Jun 25, 2014 4:44 PM
Martii Sherrod
Riley Webb

Thank you so much for finding my 2nd great grandfathers grave. It was so kind of you to do this for me.


Added by Martii Sherrod on Jun 24, 2014 2:42 PM
Allan Joyce
Find A Grave Memorial# 6032036
Thanks for the info Mike. I still haven't researched for my info yet, this is just such a busy week for me, put I can tell you that I have been to his grave, the photo's I took just didn't come out well enough to post. He is buried with 3 other soldiers, in a "stack" grave. And a few years back another descendant found some documents in the VA state archives documenting his personal effects he had on him at the time of his death. Which was a bible, a tin-type of his wife, and a gold watch. of which, my branch of the family has the bible and the tin-type. Robert, btw is my gg grandfather.
Added by Allan Joyce on Jun 16, 2014 11:51 AM
Allan Joyce
Find A Grave Memorial# 6032036
you wrote: Do you know what unit he was in?

Robert Joyce - I do not know off the top of my head, but I will look through some files tomorrow and see if I can find it. He resided in Rockingham Co., NC, but was a stones throw from Henry Co., VA.
Added by Allan Joyce on Jun 14, 2014 8:36 PM
Sandra Fisher
Gregory Wilbur Fisher
Thank you for the info of where he is buried in Oakwood. I added it to his memorial. If you go back on a sunny day, maybe you an get photo of his stone.

Thank you.
Added by Sandra Fisher on Jun 12, 2014 2:03 PM
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