Burial of deceased soldiers.--The manner in which the interment of deceased soldiers is carried on in the vicinity of Richmond
, is a disgrace, not only to those concerned, but those having authority in such matters.
We have it on the authority of a gentleman, an officer of the army, who has visited Oakwood Cemetery, that the coffins are often piled in two and three deep, in one excavation and thus covered up, of course, rendering it out of the question for an inquiring relative to recognize and reclaim a corpse.
Recently the gentleman above referred to passed the cemetery, and, seeing the brutal work going on, asked: “Is that the way Virginia
disposes of the soldiers of the Confederacy
Has she not got soil enough to furnish them each with separate, distinct burial?”
The man in charge replied: “Is it any of your business
You attend to your own business, and I will attend to mine.”
Surely, the man who dies in defence of his country is entitled to an honored grave beneath its soil.
If the authorities will not look to the matter the personal friends of the deceased should.
We understand that the burial of deceased soldiers is in the hands of a parcel of German undertakers
, instead of being vouchsafed to the respectable undertakers of the city
, who, from a regard for the cause, would discharge the duty at least with decency and humanity.--Richmond Examiner, July 26