Being interested in all facets of the Civil War, especially in the South, plus learning where those discharged soldiers were buried and if headstones were erected over their graves, it has been a most disheartening affair to learn about the wrong info engraved on a headstone in the Oakwood Cemetery in Comanche Co., TX.
There are numerous descendants who are pleased to claim that soldiers CW info for the purpose of something more to post on their sites, but none are interested in whether his headstone has the correct info engraved on it or not.
This soldier served from Alabama and received an extremely bad wound during the Civil War of which it appears he never fully recovered. However, ca. 1866 he moved to Texas and soon married there and raised a number of children of whom there are many descendants living today.
The U.S. government bears the cost of the original placement of a soldierís headstone, but will not pay for a replacement headstone in the event the engraving is incorrect due to a mistake on the part of the person(s) who placed the original order.
I am no longer able to pay for any replacement headstones. Thus, it is time the descendants of Civil War soldier John William Dean step up to the plate and give him the honor and respect he is due for his service to his country by replacing the current headstone with one that is engraved with the unit in which he actually served.
For those who think it doesnít matter as long as a headstone is on the veteranís grave, it does if one served honorably from Alabama and oneís headstone is engraved with info that belongs to a Tennessee soldier who disappeared during the Civil War and it wasnít from a wound or being killed.
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