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SGT Ivy Ritchie

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SGT Ivy Ritchie

Birth
Montgomery County, North Carolina, USA
Death 9 Apr 1865 (aged 26)
Appomattox, Appomattox County, Virginia, USA
Burial Dinwiddie County, Virginia, USA
Plot Sec E Site 4824
Memorial ID 24615907 View Source
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More than 140 years after he died, Sgt. Ivy Ritchie of the 14th North Carolina Infantry was identified as the occupant of Poplar Grove National Cemetery grave No. 4824, which has long been marked as the final resting place of a New York soldier. The Richie/Ritchie debate dates to April 9, 1865, when two men with very similar names, but on very different sides, died near the end of the Civil War. Cemetery records show a J. Richie was killed in battle that day and was originally buried at Appomattox Station. Sgt. Ivy Ritchie of the 14th North Carolina Infantry died the same day in Appomattox Court House. The whereabouts of his remains were unknown. Of the cemetery's 6,183 graves, 4,110 are of unknown soldiers. Ritchie's name will be placed on a new headstone when Poplar Grove undergoes a rehabilitation in 2012-3. Sgt. Ivy Ritchie of the 14th North Carolina Troops, a member of Co. H of the 14th NC from Stanley County, was killed at Appomattox Court House, the last battlefield death in the Army of Northern Virginia. After the war, Ritchie's remains were interred in the Popular Grove National Cemetery, in Petersburg. The tombstone above the grave states that the soldier interred underneath is J Richie of the 14th NY.


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