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 John O. Dobson

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John O. Dobson

Birth
Death
3 Sep 1863
Burial
Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID
37366049 View Source

(special thanks to Keith #46875326 for bringing the following info to our attention) The following is an excerpt from City of Richfield, Minnesota New Blog

"In 2007, a fellow Civil War researcher from New York called to say that a Union soldier named John O. Dolson had no burial on record, indicating that he may have been buried in a Confederate graveyard. Purser knew of one headstone for a John O. Dobson of the 2nd North Carolina Infantry of the Confederate Army, and the lack of any census information for him. Dobson would have been one of 138 deceased Confederate soldiers whose bodies were returned from Gettysburg and buried. Union Army records, however, told of a Private John O. Dolson of the 2nd Sharpshooters, a Union Army soldier from the farm country of Richfield, Minnesota. Dolson had passed away from injuries sustained in battle on September 3, 1863, at 19 years old.

Purser concluded that Dolson's name had been recorded incorrectly and he became the only Union soldier buried in a Confederate cemetery. Purser ordered a new headstone for him, a curve-topped stone consistent with those of the Union soldiers. The point-topped Confederate headstone that had marked his grave was returned to Dolson's hometown of Richfield, Minnesota, where it now resides as part of the Honoring All Veterans Memorial."

(special thanks to Keith #46875326 for bringing the following info to our attention) The following is an excerpt from City of Richfield, Minnesota New Blog

"In 2007, a fellow Civil War researcher from New York called to say that a Union soldier named John O. Dolson had no burial on record, indicating that he may have been buried in a Confederate graveyard. Purser knew of one headstone for a John O. Dobson of the 2nd North Carolina Infantry of the Confederate Army, and the lack of any census information for him. Dobson would have been one of 138 deceased Confederate soldiers whose bodies were returned from Gettysburg and buried. Union Army records, however, told of a Private John O. Dolson of the 2nd Sharpshooters, a Union Army soldier from the farm country of Richfield, Minnesota. Dolson had passed away from injuries sustained in battle on September 3, 1863, at 19 years old.

Purser concluded that Dolson's name had been recorded incorrectly and he became the only Union soldier buried in a Confederate cemetery. Purser ordered a new headstone for him, a curve-topped stone consistent with those of the Union soldiers. The point-topped Confederate headstone that had marked his grave was returned to Dolson's hometown of Richfield, Minnesota, where it now resides as part of the Honoring All Veterans Memorial."


Inscription

(the following is inscription of old headstone-a new headstone with his union service has been installed)
Pvt
John O. Dobson
Company A
2nd North Carolina Infantry
CSA
Sept 3, 1863

Gravesite Details

Union soldier buried as a Confederate soldier in error; there is no CMSR for a Confederate soldier with this name from the state of North Carolina

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