Civil War Soldiers Grave Marked by Union Tombstone Nearly 90 Years After He Died

Private James D. Alexander

An error on the tombstone of Private James D. Alexander, a Civil War soldier from Elk Neck who died nearly 90 years ago, was corrected during a ceremony today at Hart’s United Methodist Church Cemetery.  When the old veteran died in 1922, a regulation Confederate States of America grave marker was erected.

Generations later John Goff, a descendant, decided to correct the oversight for the private who served nearly two years in the Union Army, was wounded in combat, and eventually had his leg amputated,  On this Sunday afternoon the grave marker dedication was attended by union and confederate re-enactors, a bagpiper and bugler, the pastor of the church, the Rev. Mary Brown, and dozens of family members and the public.

Confederate and Union reenactors honor Private Alexander

8th Maryland Voluntters, Co., A at the graveside during the service

Private Alexander's new Union tombstone.


3 responses to “Civil War Soldiers Grave Marked by Union Tombstone Nearly 90 Years After He Died

  1. Virginia Alexander

    Thank you for covering this memorable event of our great grandfather.

  2. Thanks for letting us know abou i Mrs Alexader. I was a finely planned event and it was a pleasure to attend. Mr. Goff did a great job researching it and planning the program.

  3. I missed this when it happened. My grandmother was a Cecil County Alexander, and two of my Alexander relatives were in the 6th Md during the Civil War (Mathew and Nathan). One of my relatives was in this unit with James D. (Benjamin Abrams), If I am related to James D., I can’t figure out the connection at this point, but a great story anyway. This page is always awesome. Adam Elliott

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