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Spotsylvania Courthouse in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Unknown Soldiers

 
 
The Unknown Soldiers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 13, 2021
1. The Unknown Soldiers Marker
Inscription.  An entry in the cemetery burial ledger written “Montgomery’s Signal Corps, Heth’s Division” Could Be A Clue To J.R. Montgomery…

Dear Father

This is my last letter to you. I went into battle this evening as courier for Genl. Heth. I have been struck by a piece of shell and my right shoulder is horribly mangled & I know death is inevitable. I am very weak but I wrote to you because I know you would be delighted to read a word from your dying son. I know death is near, that I will die far from home and friends of my early youth but I have friends here too who are kind to me. My friend Fairfax will write you at my request and give you the particulars of my death. My gave will be marked so that you may visit if you desire to do so, but is optionary with you whether you let me remains rest here or in Miss. I would like to rest in the grave yard with my dear mother and brothers but it’s a matter of minor importance. Let us all try to reunite in heaven. I pray my God to forgive my sins & I feel that his promises are true that he will forgive and save me. Give my love to all my friends. My strength fails me…My horse & my equipments
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will be left for you. Again, a long farewell to you. May we meet in heaven.

Your Dying Son,
J.R. Montgomery

The names and resting places of all the brave Unknow Soldiers who fought in the Civil War may never be known. The photos here are of men who perished in Spotsylvania and believed to lie among the unknown.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 38° 12.164′ N, 77° 34.999′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Confederate Cemetery Drive south of Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 208), on the right. Located in the Confederate Cemetery, Spotsylvania Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Final Resting Place (here, next to this marker); The Spotsylvania Confederate Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); Noble Ladies of Spotsylvania (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Soldiers (a few steps from this marker); The First Stones Were Free (within shouting distance of this marker); A Monumental Task (within shouting distance of this marker); Beneath This Sacred Soil
The Unknown Soldiers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 13, 2021
2. The Unknown Soldiers Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); More Than Just A Stone (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania Courthouse.
 
The Unknown Soldiers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 13, 2021
3. The Unknown Soldiers Marker
Inset photo (left) caption: Final letter from J.R. Montgomery to "Father", Spotsylvania County, dated 1864.
The Unknown Soldiers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 13, 2021
4. The Unknown Soldiers Marker
Inset photo (lower right) caption: Thomas Hilliard 43rd North Carolina
The Unknown Soldiers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 13, 2021
5. The Unknown Soldiers Marker
Inset photo (upper right) caption: 1st Lt. Eugene A Hawkins 4th Georgia Infantry
The Unknown Soldiers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 13, 2021
6. The Unknown Soldiers Marker
Located in the Confederate Cemetery down this path off Courthouse Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 13, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 13, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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