Army of volunteers helps restore historic Civil War cemetery

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 2:43 AM

The cemetery holds the graves of thousands of Union soldiers, and others from later eras. The volunteers have restored thousands of the roughly 8.000 headstones and other markers at the Chalmette National Cemetery beside the MS River close New Orleans.

Army of volunteers helps restore historic Civil War cemetery

College students on spring crack have joined hundreds of other volunteers at a cemetery dating to the Civil War, realigning hundreds of tilted headstones and scrubbing grime from thousands more.

The cemetery holds the graves of thousands of Union soldiers, and others from later eras.

The volunteers have restored thousands of the roughly 8.000 headstones and other markers at the Chalmette National Cemetery beside the MS River close New Orleans. More than two hundred sixty headstones have been keep back upright.

More than one hundred fifty years after the deadliest conflict on American soil, custodians of many such cemeteries are still doing battle in their upkeep. The cemetery in LA was created in one thousand eight hundred sixty-fourth, when Union troops occupied New Orleans. It holds about 6.000 graves of unknown soldiers.

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