Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Sgt. Ivy Ritchie on trial

There was an interesting article this morning in the Charlotte Observer regarding the final resting place of Sgt. Ivy Ritchie of the 14th North Carolina Troops. Many contend that Ritchie, a member of Co. H of the 14th NC from Stanley County, was killed at Appomattox Court House, the last battlefield death in the Army of Northern Virginia. After the war, Ritchie’s remains were interred in the Popular Grove National Cemetery, in Petersburg. The tombstone above the grave states that the soldier interred underneath is J Richie of the 14th NY.

The National Park Service is having a "mock trail" to try and determine just who is buried in the grave. I don’t quite understand the "mock trial" label. They are really going to decide who they (NPS) say is buried in the grave.

Maybe, if the weather is good, I might try and go up to old Virginia to see what happens.

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