A Quarter-Century of Research on Fredericksburg’s ‘Burial of the Dead’ Photographs, Part 2


Note: for magnifications, click photos or maps, then scroll down to right corner of dark-screen version, then click on “View full size” link. from: Harrison Part 1 of this post introduced the story of my long, trial-and-error research on one of the Civil War’s most poignant series of photographs—images of the creation of a temporary … Continue reading A Quarter-Century of Research on Fredericksburg’s ‘Burial of the Dead’ Photographs, Part 2

A Quarter Century of Researching Fredericksburg’s Burial-of-the-Dead Photographs, pt. 1


from: Harrison It’s one of the Civil War’s most poignant series of images: photographs of a burial crew in Union-occupied Fredericksburg in May 1864. The men they inter are casualties of the battle of the Wilderness and, possibly, of Spotsylvania Court House as well. I can’t imagine a more powerful visual accompaniment for reflecting upon the war … Continue reading A Quarter Century of Researching Fredericksburg’s Burial-of-the-Dead Photographs, pt. 1

Are there soldiers buried in the backyards of Fredericksburg?


From Eric Mink: While landscaping her backyard last year, a resident on Caroline Street in downtown Fredericksburg turned up numerous large pieces of partially worked granite. All of them were irregularly shaped, with the exception of one piece that measured six inches square and had a finished face, on which a series of numbers had … Continue reading Are there soldiers buried in the backyards of Fredericksburg?

The obscure Carpenter farm, and a soldier’s grave


From John Hennessy: It is an evocative though rarely used photograph: a man standing before an unkempt line of graves, the markers askew and unadorned. The image is known to have been taken on the farm of James and Elizabeth Carpenter (an elderly couple whose son Solon served in the Fredericksburg Artillery) on the Wilderness … Continue reading The obscure Carpenter farm, and a soldier’s grave

The Bone Collectors: Creation of Wilderness Cemetery #1


From Donald Pfanz (for an earlier post on Wilderness Cemetery #2, click here): [We are very happy to welcome Donald Pfanz to Mysteries and Conundrums. The following is the product of his extensive work on the creation of the National Cemetery, which we’ll soon be publishing as part of our publication series. ] In June 1865, … Continue reading The Bone Collectors: Creation of Wilderness Cemetery #1