U.S. History/Grave location


Where were the casualties of the first battle of Bull Run buried, My great great grandfather was killed July 21, 1861. His name was Thomas Jefferson Kirk from Ga.


  The 'easy' answer is, all over the place.  Confederates were, many times, buried on the field, since they held it, and then recovered by their relatives at a later time.   

  Many factors will play into this though.   The first thing I'd suggest you do is find your ancestors service records, which are an easy couple clicks away most of the time through ancestry.com or another service.   If you don't want to pay for the subscription, there are people out there (including myself) who will do it for a fee.   His service record (CS one's are spotty but because he's an early war enlistee his will probably be pretty complete) will give details of when he enlisted, his unit, etc.   Sometimes it will contain details of hospitals and where he died.  (You can get his service records, at least partial ones of his unit, through the National Park service Soldiers and sailors civil war search site, but chances are this will NOT give you a burial place).  That service is free.

Those are the places I'd check first.  From there, though, you could check National cemetarys, and local burial sites 'back home' where ever that might be.   

 Should be a fun and educational search, good luck!  

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Jason Grabill


American Civil War; specifically the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and Civil War Actions in and around the Maryland area. Civil War period Medical questions (types of surgery, medications, treatment of soldiers and civilians)


Written three battlefield guides for the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Manassas for the US Marine Corps, including taking Marine officers on guided tours of same. Currently a Medical reenactor with the "Stonewall Brigade" and serve as their "Brigade Surgeon". Live in the same area that I have experience in, grew up "walking the fields".

27th Virginia Infantry (Reenacting Group)
Society of Civil War Surgeons

Authored 3 Battlefield Guides for Fredericksburg, Antietam, 1st Manassas. These are currently in the US Marine Corps Warfighting lab at Quantico, Virginia.

Long study of the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion (have on CD Rom), as well as reading the stories of the soldiers (and Surgeons) "on the field" for the sheer enjoyment of it.

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