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Information about Oakwood Cemetery in Richmond, VA during the Civil War.

Written Accounts

Richmond Whig 7/11/1861; soldiers have been buried in an open field near the Alms House - advocates using Oakwood Cemetery for soldier interments
Richmond Dispatch 1/15/1862; statistics on Oakwood Cemetery; 540 soldiers buried there so far
Richmond Whig 1/15/1862; there have been 550 burials at Oakwood cemetery so far
Richmond Dispatch 4/28/1862; Oakwood cemetery is the burial spot for "most, if not all" of the dead from Richmond hospitals; appeal to hold corpses several days before burial
Richmond Dispatch 5/5/1862; paper retracts statement of bodies being carried to cemetery before really dead
Richmond Dispatch 5/6/1862; Oakwood filling up fast, hospitals crowded – paper suggests the hospitals are “killing off” soldiers
Richmond Dispatch 6/18/1862; nice paragraph on the “new and beautiful” Oakwood Cemetery – “it has been chosen as the spot on which to inter the remains of our brave volunteers who die in Richmond of sickness or wounds.”
Richmond Enquirer 6/24/1862; "shocking outrage" at Oakwood Cemetery - bodies are left out in the open due to lack of hands to bury them quickly
Richmond Whig 6/24/1862; many unburied bodies are lying outside at Oakwood Cemetery
Richmond Dispatch 6/28/1862; John Redford, Oakwood Cemetery, adv for runaway slave
Richmond Dispatch 6/28/1862; 18 dead from 48 NC buried in Oakwood Cemetery. Chaplain McCabe presides.
Richmond Dispatch 7/10/1862; captured negroes are being used to inter the dead in Oakwood Cemetery
Richmond Dispatch 7/12/1862; Many unburied dead are lying about in Oakwood Cemetery; appeal for workers
Richmond Enquirer 7/12/1862; description of the debate in City Council over Hollywood Cemetery's expansion and Oakwood's problem with lack of laborers
Richmond Dispatch 7/15/1862; Jno. Redford, Keeper of Oakwood Cemetery, adv for two lost negro gravediggers
Richmond Dispatch 7/16/1862; soldiers being buried at Clark’s Spring, adjacent to Hollywood. City Council votes to open up 60 acres at Oakwood instead.
Richmond Enquirer 7/16/1862; call for improvements in memorialization at Oakwood Cemetery
Richmond Examiner 7/26/1862; Oakwood cemetery described negatively; men are buried 3 deep
Richmond Dispatch 7/31/1862; HQ 1st Va Artillery at Randolph’s Farm near Oakwood Cemetery
Richmond Dispatch 8/8/1862; extreme heat is causing high mortality; 51 interments at Oakwood Cemetery 
Richmond Dispatch 9/9/1862; 4882 soldiers buried at Oakwood Cemetery, 9/1/1861 – 9/1/1862
Richmond Dispatch 9/10/1862; 12th Va. soldier dies in Castle Thunder hospital and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery
Richmond Dispatch 9/10/1862; City report on expenditures, fiscal year ending 2/28/1862. Spent $30,409 on Alms House, $567 for painting roof of Seabrook’s Warehouse, $509 for improvements at Oakwood Cemetery; VCRR gets permission to use temporary Broad Street tracks to connect RF&P RR with VCRR – wish to transfer 40 freight cars & five passenger cars to VCRR; city council wonders why armory for volunteer companies of the city, 9th between Main & Cary, not yet completed
Richmond Dispatch 9/12/1862; marriage notice for Capt. L. W. Richardson, at Oakwood Cemetery.
Richmond Dispatch 9/24/1862; soldier dies in Castle Thunder and buried in Oakwood cemetery
Richmond Sentinel 8/15/1863; man dies suddenly at the Libby Prison hospital and interred in Oakwood Cemetery
Richmond Enquirer 6/11, 13/1864; Oakwood cemetery is described very negatively
Richmond Whig 4/13/1865; bodies of Union POWS at Oakwood Cemetery can be disinterred and sent north
Richmond Whig 4/27/1865; disinterment of Union soldiers from Oakwood cemetery continues
Richmond Whig 5/22/1865; Adams express company has many bodies, disinterred from Oakwood Cemetery, for shipment North
Scribner's Monthly, July 1877 7/1877; "Richmond Since the War" - good material on Tredegar Iron Works, Belle Isle, Libby Prison, Oakwood Cemetery, and Capital Square
Richmond Times-Dispatch 11/17/1901; good account of the burial of Col. Ulric Dahlgren in Oakwood Cemetery, and the raiding of the grave; author was a member of the 19th VA H.A., camped at Battery 5, and guarding Libby Prison at the time


Alexander Gardner Catalog #931: [View of graves in Oakwood Cemetery.], John Reekie - photographer, taken April 1865
Detatil of an 1865 Map produced by Major Nathaniel Micheler and Capt. Peter S. Michie. (National Archives, Record Group #77, Map G 204, #51.)


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