Thursday, July 12, 2012

Looking for NC's Civil War - Blanford Church Cemetery

Among North Carolina's soldiers, the War produced some 36,000 to 40,000 dead. Some of these men were killed on a battlefield, while others died of wounds they received. The majority died of disease. The Blanford Church Cemetery, in Petersburg, Virginia, is proclaimed as the largest Confederate Cemetery. And the vast majority of the 30,000 plus dead, died during the war. There were others that were brought in and reinterred after the war was over.

When possible, soldiers were buried in plots divided up into sections by states. This marker denotes the location of the North Carolina section.

This photograph was taken in March 2007.

1 comment:

James J. Robertson said...

Hey Mike,
My great-great-grandfather Henry Sorrells is buried there at the Blanford Church Cemetery. It took me years to track it down. I knew he died of typhus right after the Malvern Hill battle. The marker pictured is one of four North Carolina markers there in a long row. I was impressed by the great care and beauty of this cemetery.