Civil War - Where They Rest . . .
by Barb Hyde, November, 2011
|Medal of Honor
I never could
have taken all of these photos.
Many thanks to all of the people who have so graciously, even enthusiastically, allowed me to use their photos.
Note for use: click on links to go directly to more information. Click on any small photo to open a full-size photo.
Undoubtedly many of Potter
County's Civil War dead were originally buried where they died in shallow,
unmarked graves. In fact, the mounting casualty count in the Civil War
is what prompted the beginnings of our National Military Cemetery system.
On July 17, 1862, Congress empowered President Lincoln to purchase
cemetery grounds and cause them to be securely enclosed, to be used as
a national cemetery for the soldiers who shall die in the service of the
country. The first national cemeteries were created as final resting
places for Union soldiers who died during the Civil War.
The Federal Reburial Program ended in 1870 when all known makeshift burials and unburied bodies had been moved into National Cemeteries. At the programs end, the remains of 299,696 Union soldiers and officers had been located and reinterred in 73 national cemeteries. Despite the best efforts by Quartermaster staff to find and identify all Union soldier remains, identification was made for only about 58 percent of the bodies found.
Note for the Potter County Soldiers list pages: Because it was unusual that a family would find the body of their soldier and reinter it in a home cemetery, when a soldier's record indicates that he died in the war - from battle or disease, I looked for a burial record in Potter County cemeteries and in the nearest National Cemetery. If I did not find either one, I entered the name of the National Cemetery with a ? in front of it as the most likely burial place. If I found the record, I have entered it in the Civil War list.
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