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Confederate Graves Will Be Identified

Monday, April 22, 2013

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA—Some 50 graves have been found in the Confederate section of Lynchburg’s historic Old City Cemetery, where soldiers who died of smallpox were buried. Cemetery officials will use their records to try to identify the dead and remark their graves. “Every year, we have descendants visit and ask us where their ancestors are buried. For most of them, it’s easy to point out. But for these folks, it can be really disappointing to know you got this far and all you get is an open field,” said Ted Delaney, the cemetery’s archivist and curator. It may take several years to complete the project.