|David Ganus #358|
On our recent trip to Virginia, we took a Confederate Tour that ended at Hollywood Cemetery. While there are many others buried there, including past residents of Richmond, and several US Presidents, a substantial portion of the cemetery is a burial ground for Confederate Generals and thousands of Confederate soldiers.
Our guide told us that the men were buried like they fought, shoulder to shoulder. As I scanned the rolling hills of the cemetery, I was amazed at the number of visible markers. I knew that the number buried there represented a small fraction of those that had died during the Civil War and that while some soldiers at Hollywood Cemetery had their own headstones, many others, like David, were buried in groups. I decided to return another time to visit David's spot.
As I thought about David's wife, Malinda and considered that she never remarried and died very poor, I realized that more than likely she never visited the grave of her husband buried nearly 600 miles from her home in Georgia. Had any member of his family been able to stand at that spot? Was I the first?
#358, David Ganus was born in Fayette County, Georgia on October of 1836 to James Ganus and Elizabeth McCluskey and died on 23 December 1862 in Winder Hospital, Richmond, Virginia at the age of 26. He was James and Elizabeth's fourth child and a brother to Mary, John, Margaret, Rebecca, Jackson, James, Calloway, Martha and Addison. He married Malinda Davis on 14 March 1857 and was father to Mary, Nancy and Burton. He was a farmer and a Georgian and had a whole life ahead of him when he enlisted. He was loved and undoubtedly as the war ended and men returned home ......... he was very missed. He was so much more than a number.
To read more of David's story from an earlier post, click here .
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