From the Richmond Dispatch, 7/12/1862

Bury the Dead. - We again call attention to the numbers of unburied dead that lie about Oakwood Cemetery. A gentleman who visited the burial ground a day or two ago says he saw no less than forty or fifty coffins with their ghastly contents exposed to the sweltering rays of the July sun, the lids in many instances being forced off by the swollen bodies, emitting a most offensive effluvia. This is a great evil, and should at once be remedied. - Surely enough hands can be obtained to perform the rite of sepulture - the last testimonial of respect which can be rendered to the unfortunate men who have fallen in the defence of our country.

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