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

More Than Just A Stone

 
 
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Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 13, 2021
1. More Than Just A Stone Marker
Inscription.  In April 1865, the guns fell silent and the War of the Rebellion came to a close. The pain and suffering did not end, especially for the families of the loved ones who had perished. The search for their final resting place continues even today. Local citizens made every attempt to identify the hundreds of bodies as they were removed from the local farms and alongside roadways. A scrap of paper or initials on clothing gave scant clues. All information was carefully recorded for this final resting place for the "Unknown" and gave hope to their families and descendants that their memory was not forgotten.

Time has given clues to whom some of them may be. A case in point is the young Albert Peel. Adjutant Peel's body was buried beside his Colonel, the gallant T. J. Hardin, who was also killed in battle. A letter from his brother revealed, "Two or three years after the close of the war those noble women of Spotsylvania wrote to me that the graves of Col. Hardin and Adjutant Peel had been found and the remains removed to the Confederate Cemetery. God bless those noble Southern women, and the grand old State of Virginia, and her ever-loyal
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people! Four years spent with them during the war has endeared them to me forever".

Colonel Hardin's grave is clearly marked, but there is no marked stone for Albert Peel. There are others as well. "Likenesses" made for the family as keepsakes of the time were their only solace. We share with you some of these forgotten faces, their bodies never identified.
 
Erected by Ladies Memorial Association of Spotsylvania and Spotsylvania County Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 38° 12.168′ N, 77° 34.973′ 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. Beneath This Sacred Soil (a few steps from this marker); The First Stones Were Free (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); Noble Ladies of Spotsylvania (within shouting distance of this marker); The Unknown Soldiers
More Than Just A Stone Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 13, 2021
2. More Than Just A Stone Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); A Final Resting Place (within shouting distance of this marker); The Spotsylvania Confederate Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); A Monumental Task (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania Courthouse.
 
More Than Just A Stone Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 13, 2021
3. More Than Just A Stone Marker
Inset photo (top right) caption: Lexington Battle Of Boston Tea Party Maund was his actual legal name!
More Than Just A Stone Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 13, 2021
4. More Than Just A Stone Marker
Section of the cemetery, many of the graves marked unknown
More Than Just A Stone Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 13, 2021
5. More Than Just A Stone 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 89 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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Sep. 27, 2023