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|Posted: Sun Jul 27th, 2008 05:36 pm||
|I am traveling to SHiloh next week. A friend and I are going there specifically to look for the lost burial trenches. My friend is pretty good and sluething this sort of thing. He recently found the location of the battle of Lexington, TN by digging into old maps, various written sources and using good common sense.
We know that burying the dead (of both sides) was gruesome work. After two or three days the bodies would sometimes come apart when they were moved. The soldiers assigned to burial detail would likely have made quick work of it. One area we will be looking at is near the hornet's nest.
Regarding the diary entry above, does anyone have the location of that particular mass grave?
Regarding other possible burial sites for lost relations, many are buried in Corinth, MS. Perhaps a search there could yield results.
Of course, any building between Pittsburgh Landing and Corinth would have been a erstaz hospital. Those who died in these sorts of places would probably have been buried nearby. Often though, the only thing left of period structures is the foundation if that.
I had some success in getting service records and hospital records for my wife's multiple great Grandfather by writting to the Alabama state archives (he was Co. C 19th Ala. Vol. Reg. March '62-June '65). Perhaps a hospital entry would lead to the town or site where he was treated.
If he was killed outright during the battle and there were no kin to carry him off, then, like the folks said above, he would have most like ended up in one of the mass graves.
Last edited on Sun Jul 27th, 2008 05:38 pm by Armchair Confederate