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Mike Callahan (#47683381)
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Janet
RE: very interesting
Hey Mike, What was the GPS reading lat-long on the white crosses? and can you send me a link to a map where I can input them or show where they are exactly? I found a group of 11 graves near the Dickson/Dixon house in the old interment records. Maybe it is the same group.

Re: a cemetery in that area... checkout GNIS and get coords on some of the small cems in that area that are not on findagrave yet (just a suggestion)
Added by Janet on Jan 01, 2012 5:14 PM
Janet
RE: Gilgal Church battlefield
I splurged a couple of years ago and bought some articles about Gilgal Church area from the Atlanta Constitution archives. This is from a long, "colorful" article. So here are a few lines from the article that explain the graves there.

"Mysterious crosses tell an intriguing tale
Jim Galloway Cobb
Only in the dead of winter can you see that the property is more than a bit of vacant wasteland waiting for a spread of asphalt to give it meaning.
That's when the white crosses step into view, creeping out from under the red oaks and hickories and countless, bare dogwoods.
...
The bodies of Union soldiers were moved from the Gilgal property to Marietta only a few years after the battle, Brown said. But after Kerksis bought the land, he went back and marked each empty grave ---not hard, since the depressions are there even now."

So, those were the battlefield graves, but the remains were removed to Marietta National Cemetery in about 1867.

Regarding my gggrandfather, Eli Easterwood, he was in the 23rd Army Corp which fought on the right or west of the Gilgal Church. The 20th AC fought at the Church or the "intersection". Two men of the 91st Indiana were KIA on 6/15. Frederick Schwartz was buried on the battlefield about 1 mile behind the lines and I believe Eli was also. In other words, they were brought behind the lines to where the AC hdq was located and buried there instead of where they fell. I have researched this extensively and have more info if you are interested.
Added by Janet on Dec 28, 2011 10:57 AM
 

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