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Tom_Marie_DanielsI am a Vietnam War Veteran. I served in 483rd Civil Engineering Squadron, Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam during 1969 and 1970. I firmly believe that ALL AMERICAN VETERANS SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO OUR FREEDOM AND THAT THEIR FINAL RESTING PLACE SHOULD BE DOCUMENTED TO WHERE OTHERS CAN KNOW WHERE THEY REST. This Web site is for their glory not ours.

I have been actively engaged in documenting Confederate graves since the early 1970's. My brother, working through his father-in-law, Ray Gunn of Charlottesville, Virginia, passed Confederate grave information he found on to the Virginia Regimental Histories Series authors. (Mr. Gunn's name appears in several volumes of the Histories as a contributor.) I began documenting Goochland County Confederate graves and those in adjoining counties for my brother. This data was likewise passed along through Mr. Gunn. Early in my searching career, while my wife and I were working in Hanover County, I found an American Revolutionary soldier's grave. I was enthralled by this find and along with documenting the Confederate graves, I began documenting soldier's graves from America's other wars and soldiers from other states whom we found in Virginia.

Following my brother's death on December 6, 1996 and the death of Mr. Gunn a few years later, I assumed the helm of our research and with the help of my wife, Marie, we have combed many cemeteries over a good portion of Virginia.

Our records, until recently, covered the period from the American Colonization until the Philippine War in 1902. Our research has recently, due to repeated request for information on modern day soldiers, turned toward documenting all soldiers' graves we come across. As time goes by, along with documenting new areas which we have never documented, we will be going back over some areas we have previously worked and documenting soldiers' graves since 1902.

Research work in all files except for the Virginia Confederate files has amounted to only documenting those graves we find during our field work excursions. Our Confederate research work is based upon The Virginia Regimental Histories Series published by the H. E. Howard Publishers in Appomattox, Virginia. Our work is not intended to supersede the Regimental Histories only to augment these volumes. These books provide the basic names of the individuals who served in each regiment. Our field work is intended to reveal the burial locations of those members whose burial location are not known and reveal additional members who served in the regiments. I have recently learned that when the current printing of the Virginia Regimental Histories are sold out and there will be no future printings of these volumes.

Thank you,
Tom Daniels

Soldiers Grave

by Pearl Rivers

Tread lightly 'tis a soldiers grave,
A lonely, mossy mound;
And yet to hearts like mine and thine
It should be holy ground.

Speak softly, let no careless laugh,
No idle, thoughtless jest,
Escape your lips where sweetly sleeps
The hero in his rest.

For him no reveille will beat
When morning beams shall come;
For him, at night no tattoo rolls
Its thunder from the drum.

Tread lightly! for a man bequeathed,
Ere laid beneath this sod,
His ashes to his native land,
His gallant soul to God.

Used courtesy
Mary Bob McClain

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