Nov
30

Civil War soldiers buried as Confederate may actually be Union

Pvt. Benjamin Fettro, a Union soldier from Clarksburg, may be the occupant of this grave, marked as the final resting place of a Confederate soldier with the same regiment and a somewhat similar name.

Pvt. Benjamin Fettro, a Union soldier from Clarksburg, may be the occupant of this grave, marked as the final resting place of a Confederate soldier with the same regiment and a somewhat similar name.

by Rick Steelhammer, The Charleston Gazette

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Towering over rows of neatly arranged headstones at Columbus Confederate Cemetery, a tarnished bronze statue of a Southern soldier stands watch atop a granite archway on which the word “Americans” has been engraved.

An inscription on a round, three-foot-high boulder at the base of the arch informs visitors that 2,260 Confederate Soldiers, most of them prisoners of war who died of diseases that swept through Columbus’s Camp Chase, located adjacent to the cemetery during the Civil War, are buried within the grounds.

But according to a Columbus man who has been researching biographies of the cemetery’s occupants, at least seven of the graves may actually contain the remains of Union soldiers — including Pvt. Benjamin F. Fettro, of Clarksburg, and Pvt. John E. Clark, of Morgantown, — who were mistakenly interred with their former foes.

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