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Dr. Rufus Benjamin Weaver

1841-1936

 
 
Dr. Rufus Benjamin Weaver Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, October 1, 2014
1. Dr. Rufus Benjamin Weaver Marker
Inscription.
Rufus Benjamin Weaver, a native of Gettysburg, was a college student at the time of the battle in 1863. His father Samuel Weaver, a local photographer, supervised the collection and reburial of the Federal troops in the National Cemetery. Because of Samuel Weaver's experience and the fact that he and Dr. J.W.C. O'Neal had mapped all the known Confederate gravesites on the Gettysburg Battlefield, a number of Southern ladies memorial associations turned to him for help in returning the remains of fallen Confederate soldiers to the South. Unfortunately in 1869, before he could begin the hard work of disinterring and shipping the remains of Confederate soldiers, Samuel Weaver was killed in a railroad accident. The Southern ladies memorial associations then turned to his son to complete the task.

In 1871, now a doctor of anatomy, Dr. Rufus Benjamin Weaver took on the difficult job of exhuming, collecting, boxing, and shipping the remains of Confederate soldiers. Whenever a grave was opened, Dr. Weaver was present to ensure that all remains possible were recovered. Dr. Weaver was supposed to be paid the agreed price of $3.25 for each body he was able to recover, however the Southern ladies memorial associations were unable to pay more than 50% of what he was actually owed. Despite this fact, Dr. Weaver continued the noble work of

Dr. Rufus Benjamin Weaver Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, October 1, 2014
2. Dr. Rufus Benjamin Weaver Marker
This view is looking westward, with Baltimore Street in the background.
repatriating the remains of 3,320 Confederate soldiers to the South. The majority of the remains, 2,935, went to Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, VA. The remainder were dispersed between Raleigh, NC, Charleston, SC, Savannah, GA, and a few to other locations.

In grateful appreciation, Freeman's Battery Forrest's Artillery, Camp 1939 Sons of Confederate Veterans, acknowledges a debt of honor owed by all Southerners, and in appreciation of the generosity and humanity of his deeds, erects this marker to Dr. Rufus B. Weaver.
 
Erected 2014 by Camp 1939, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
 
Location. 39° 49.526′ N, 77° 13.824′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Lefever Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is along the southern edge of Lefever Street, adjacent to Alumni Park, about 50 yards east of Baltimore Street. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History of American Field Music (here, next to this marker); Communications Through Music (a few steps from this marker); Unity Through Music (a few steps from this marker); The Evolution of Gettysburg's "Common School"

Dr. Rufus Benjamin Weaver image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, October 1, 2014
3. Dr. Rufus Benjamin Weaver
Courtesy of Special Collections/Musselman Library, Gettysburg College
(within shouting distance of this marker); "if anyone showed himself..." (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore Street - An Historic Corridor (within shouting distance of this marker); Witness Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); ...Lincoln passed by... (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkScience & MedicineWar, US Civil
 
Dr. Rufus Benjamin Weaver Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, October 1, 2014
4. Dr. Rufus Benjamin Weaver Marker
A view showing the marker and its immediate surroundings. This view looks eastward along Lefever Street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 1, 2014, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 551 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 1, 2014, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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