Re-Burying the Dead

Re-Burying the Dead (HM1NNC)

Location: Manassas, VA 20109 Prince William County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 48.823', W 77° 32.772'

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Groveton Confederate Cemetery

Of the 266 soldiers buried here, only two are fully identified. · Heavy fire often kept either side from claiming the dead, and after both battles the armies had to maneuver quickly. Some of the wounded lay for days in the blistering sun. · After the fighting, burial details dug shallow, unmarked graves. The process took weeks. Autumn rains soon washed away the thin cover of soil, exposing the remains. In 1866, the United Daughters of the Confederacy established Groveton Cemetery and had these remains reinterred here.
A "Harpers Weekly" magazine correspondent wrote: "In the long, luxuriant grass one strikes his foot against skulls and bones, mingled with the deadly missiles that brought them to the earth. Hollow skulls lie contiguous to the hemispheres of exploded shells." · Battlefield graves were unmarked, or identified with sticks, headboards, or branches. Hundreds of soldiers received no burial at all.
Series This marker is part of the United Daughters of the Confederacy series
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 6th, 2015 at 1:54pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees38.81371667, -77.54620000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.823', W 77° 32.772'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 49.38" N, 77° 32' 46.32" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11678-11740 US-29, Manassas VA 20109, US
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