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Subject: [ROOTS-L] Union Soldier graves at Huntsville, TX
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 14:48:59 EDT
Last week while looking around the famous burial site of Sam Houston, I
noticed some Union Soldiers graves. Since I have never posted something like
this before, I hope I am doing so correctly. Not sure if anyone has recorded
Huntsville cemetary, but here are the Union soldiers I found.
The marker reads as follows:
Union Soldier's Graves
"Seven Union Soldiers who died in the Yellow Fever Emidemic of 1867 are
buried here. They were sent to Huntsville during the reconstruction period
to maintain order in Walker County. 4 years after the soldiers had been in
the penitentiary six of the men are buried here."
Pvt. Wm. Eckhard died 9/14/1867 Co. B 26 th US
Sgt. Arthur Volgner died 9/15/1867 Co. B 26th US
Pvt. John H. McBride died 9/18/1867 Co. B 26th US
Pvt. Patrick Downey died 9/20/1867 Co. H 6th US
Pvt. Freeman Uphold died 9/25/1867 Co. B 26th US
Capt. JA Butler died 10/1/1867 Co. B 26th US
Sept. 30 Capt. Butler reported that "Yellow Fever took five soldiers, all
soldiers stationed here had it but one, only 3 soldiers left at this post"
Funeral exp. for Pvt. Uphold and Downey was $15 ea. Dec 31, 1867 the US Govt
sent $84 to pay for funeral exp for these Union soldiers.
I have a picture of the markers and the sign if anyone wants it, please let
Also, for anyone who might want to know, the Huntsville Prison which is still
in operation, was a Union POW prison during the Civil War. There is an
TX Prison Museum in Huntsville, however they are moving into a new location
which will be open about 11/15 if anyone is in the area.
Hope the above is of help to someone. Hugs Pat
Arden & Pat Houser
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