I didn't want to keep readers in the dark. As I relayed previously, according to records of the period, eight of the nine men killed in the railroad accident three miles west of Boutte Station (LA), including my 2xg-grandfather, were disinterred in June of 1868 from the plantation where they were originally buried, and moved to Chalmette National Cemetery in New Orleans for reinterment. The original documents list the grave numbers and sections.
However, the soldiers are missing from all contemporary records. Neither the National Park Service nor the officials at Chalmette National Cemetery have any current records of their burials or remains, by name, regiment, or cemetery section.
The curator of the cemetery is working with me to solve this mystery. I will report back as soon as I have something worthwhile to post. There seems to be agreement they are there! The question is where. The numbering system for the cemetery graves has been changed somewhere during the last 150 years.
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