Amos Joseph Gladney, a son of Joseph and Jane Yongue Gladney, was born 1st day of January 1846 in the bounds of Lebanon in Fairfield County, South Carolina.
Amos enlisted as a Private in Co. E, 15th Regt South Carolina Volunteers on November 23rd 1861 at Sumter, under Capt. John Bunyan Davis. He was discharged Jan. 1862 and re-enlisted Feb. 1863 at Monticello, South Carolina.
Pvt. Amos Joseph Gladney, age 18, was mortally wounded at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and died on July 2nd 1864.
Following the Battle of Gettysburg, the Confederate dead were buried along the roads, shoved into trenches, or consigned to common graves. The Southerners were seen as traitorous invaders and their bodies were not accorded the respect afforded the men in blue. One newspaper reporter wrote: "The poor Confederate dead were left in the fields as outcasts and criminals that did not merit decent sepulture." President Lincoln's immortal words were not spoken over their unattended, and unmarked, graves.
Reacting to the lack of proper burial for the Southern dead left at Gettysburg, the Southern states launched efforts to return the bodies of their sons to their native states after the War. In Richmond, the Hollywood Memorial Association started a fund drive to secure the money to bring the Confederate dead from Gettysburg to Richmond for reburial in Hollywood Cemetery. Their efforts proved successful; and, on June 15, 1872, a steamship docked at the wharf at Rocketts Landing on the James River with boxes containing the Confederate dead. The soldiers who left to fight for the cause they thought was just had come home.
As the wagons passed slowly by, "many eyes were filled with tears and many a soldier's widow and orphan turned away from the scene to hide emotion." When the procession reached the cemetery, the boxes were unloaded and buried in a section known as Gettysburg Hill. The soldiers who had escorted the bodies were ordered to "rest arms" as their comrades were laid to rest in Virginia's soil.
There was nothing comparable to the Gettysburg Address for these soldiers. There were no memorable orations; only a prayer by The Rev. Dr. Moses Hoge of Richmond's Second Presbyterian Church was spoken. The prayer contained these lines: "We thank Thee that we have been permitted to bring back from their graves among strangers all that is mortal of our sons and brothers."