Petersburg, Va., May 26, 2003, By Linda Wheeler, Wash.Post Staff Writer
(Summary) The three men were killed defending the United States, shot in the head, hastily buried and forgotten. They got a second burial at Poplar Grove National Cemetary yesterday, with draped flags, guns fired in salute and taps.
They died 139 years ago during the ten month bloody seige of Petersburg, Va. and one mans bones was found at the Ream's Station battlefield and the other two were removed from the Peebles Farm battlefield.
The soldier who died at Ream's Station will be buried next to
JAMES STEWARD, HARRISON SNEAD and L. BEDSUR of the U.S. COLORED TROOPS and the two from Peebles Farm are next to markers 4462 and 4463, also unknown soldiers. The last Civil War soldiers were buried here in 1930. No one knows the identity of these soldiers or if they were white or black. BENNIE: The gunshot wounds to head may be an indicator, what do you think? Lloyd