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Confederate dead reinterred from Gettysburg, 1934

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Remains of Confederates Brought Here from Gettysburg

The first Confederate soldiers, killed in the Battle of Gettysburg to be buried in the Washington Confederate Cemetery here, were given a full military funeral yesterday afternoon. About 1,200 per sons attended.

The remains of three men which were discovered on the Gettysburg Battlefield some time ago and identified as members of an Alabama regiment, were brought here in a small casket which was interred in the same cemetery where arc buried over 3,000 Confederate dead.

Over a month ago a farmer residing near Gettysburg was passing along the Emmitsburg road when he saw large bones sticking out of the ground. There had been a very hard rain a few days before. He notified members of the park service who dug up the remains of the three soldiers.

Besides the skulls and bones, there were also found fragments of clothing; uniform buttons, a metal cartridge case intact, the end of a bayonet scabbard and 55 bullets, two of which were Union. A chemist determined the length of time the soldiers had been under ground and the buttons disclosed their company and regiment.

Brief remarks were made at the service by Rev. Dr. J. Edward Harms, who served as chaplain. He said that they had fought for what they believed right and had bravely given their lives.

Members of the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Con federacy placed flowers on the casket as it was lowered into the grave. The casket, draped with a Confederate flag, laid in state in front of the court house for 15 minutes before the procession started for the cemetery at 3 o'clock. The American Legion had charge of the services, which were conducted according to the standard Legion ritual. Two State policemen and one city policeman acted as an escort. Included in the procession were color bearers from the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Shepherdstown.

The representatives of the National Park Service from Gettysburg were: William H. Allison, John E. Slaybaugh and H. H. Mertz; Antietam Battlefield, Capt. John Kyd Beckinbaugh.


Hagerstown Morning Herald


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Western Maryland Room, WCFL

Maryland, History, Civil War, 1861-1865, Registers of dead; Cemeteries, Maryland, Washington County; Confederate States of America, Army, Maryland.

Washington and Frederick Counties (Md.), 1868

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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