Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Removal of Federal Dead
"The work of removing the bodies of Federal soldiers, who died here during the war, was commenced on yesterday. Their remains will be taken from this place to City Point for re-interment."
Lynchburg Daily Virginian
Saturday, 13 October, 1866
The Federal Government in the removal of their dead from this place began at what I call № 1 in 1st line 1st lot and numbered the coffin no’s proceeding numerically in the row and going back to foot of № 1 calling it II and so on through the squares.
Oct 14th, 1866
G. A. Diuguid
So that Capt. Edmond Keys Co. 13 716th thus would be no 13.
Notation by George A. Diuguid in the Soldier Book Record of Burials, Confederate Section, Old City Cemetery
May 19, 1861-September 19, 1869
Lynchburg Daily Virginian,
Wednesday, October 17, 1866
"On the slope of the hill just below the old Methodist Graveyard, a group of half a dozen or more white tents can be seen by passers along the Dirt bridge road. Piled up around them are a great number of neat but unpainted boxes. Over in
Nearby are long rows of unkept and unhonored Confederate graves. Not even a wooden inclosure protects them from the tramp of the beasts of the field. They are exposed to desecration, and bear no token of love. The flowers which were tenderly placed upon them in May last have withered and turned to dust. But this state of neglect, we rejoice to know, is not long to remain.
Simultaneously with the operations just mentioned, the ladies of Lynchburg were exerting themselves to procure the means to inclose and to adorn those graves. —Their hands, ever ready for good works, were busying themselves in behalf of an object so tender in all its associations.— Their tribunitial labors are now ended. Feast, and Fair, and Tableaux, and Concert are over, and the means necessary to complete the sacred work has been obtained."
Poplar Grove National Cemetery
For detailed information locating specific graves there, contact:
Petersburg National Battlefield Visitor Center
1539 Hickory Hill
Petersburg, Virginia 23804
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is October 13, 1866.
Location. 37° 24.932′ N, 79° 9.414′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Taylor Street and 4th Street when traveling north. Marker is located within the Old City Cemetery grounds, about 1/10 mile north of 4th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Confederate Memorial Arch (here, next to this marker); Lucy Mina Otey and the Ladie’s Relief Hospital (here, next to this marker); Crippled Corps and V.M.I. Cadets Form Inner Defenses in Old City Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); The Confederate Section (a few steps from this marker); Women of Lynchburg's Confederate Hospitals (a few steps from this marker); Lynchburg, Virginia (a Lynchburg’s Confederate Surgeons (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Smallpox Memorial (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynchburg.
Also see . . . Poplar Grove National Cemetery (Wikipedia). In 1866, Lt. Colonel James Moore began his survey of the Petersburg area to locate land for a National Cemetery. Eventually, a farm just south of the city was chosen, and work began to move approximately 5,000 Union soldiers from nearly 100 separate burial sites around Petersburg. Bodies were moved from nine Virginia counties, reaching as far west as Lynchburg, Virginia. About 100 men comprised the "burial corps." With ten army wagons, forty mules, and twelve saddle horses, the burial corps worked for three years until 1869. In that time they reinterred 6,718 remains, of which only 2,139 bodies were positively identified. (Submitted on September 22, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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