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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 11/29/2010

Md. man corrects Civil War tombstone

By Associated Press

A Maryland resident is correcting an error on the tombstone of his great-great grandfather that misidentifies the man as a Confederate soldier.

The Cecil Whig first reported that John Goff researched the life of James D. Alexander, his great-great-grandfather, and was able to show that Alexander served in the Union Army, using honorable-discharge papers and pension papers. But Alexander, who died in 1922, has a tombstone inscribed with the letters "CSA," for Confederate States of America, as well as a symbol associated with the rebels.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has given Goff clearance to replace Alexander's grave marker at Hart's Cemetery in Elk Neck with one for a Union Army veteran. The new marker is expected to arrive in several months.

Goff doesn't know how Alexander was misidentified.

By Associated Press  | November 29, 2010; 12:15 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Comments

Good for him. He was able to fix an unintentional slight, and learned something at the saem time.

Posted by: krickey7 | November 29, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

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