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Southeast Cemetery Transfer to Camp Chase

Information compiled by Dennis Ranney

The Southeast Cemetery (sometimes called East Cemetery) was a public cemetery started in 1841. It was about 11 acres and also covered the areas of Livingston Park and the Columbus Children's Hospital. Both Confederate and Union troops were buried there. The Chase Cemetery was started on August 1, 1863 and after that date all Confederate dead were placed at the Chase Cemetery. In July of 1863 the Trustees at the Green Lawn Cemetery which was a Private Cemetery donated land for the purpose of interments for all Union Officers and Union soldiers. 23 Union graves were reinterred in January of 1864 from the Southeast Cemetery to Green Lawn. At least six Union graves were left behind at the Southeast Cemetery because the Union soldiers died of contagious diseases. In May of 1869 Captain Irving acting under orders would move the six remaining Union soldiers to Green Lawn and 50 Confederates to the CCCC. In 1881-82 the city of Columbus moved the entire Southeast Cemetery to Green Lawn. There were over 3,500 bodies at the Southeast Cemetery. According to records at the Ohio Historical Society they put the dead from Southeast into 70 boxes and buried them in a mass grave. I would assume that the four blacks and one Indian named "Jim" were left behind at the Southeast Cemetery. Some of the Confederate civilians I believe were also left behind at the Southeast Cemetery.

The following are the Confederate graves listed at East Cemetery. Note spellings of names and unit information have been corrected at times using the Compiled Military Service Records and genealogy. Also notice that at times graves have no information and are left blank.
In May of 1869 Captain M.E. Irving moved 58 graves at East Cemetery to the Camp Chase Cemetery. According to the Captain's report to General Judson D. Bingham 8 of the graves contained no bodies. Thus a total of 50 Confederate soldiers were moved. (The 8 graves had probably already been re-interred by kindred to the Southland) The 1869 removal of graves from East Cemetery to the Camp Chase Cemetery were those of Confederate military. Many Confederate civilians (who had been arrested as political prisoners) had also been buried at the East Cemetery. Some of the civilians would turn out to have been military but not recognized as such by the Union authorities thus causing their bodies to have been left behind at the East Cemetery. Today these 50 re-interred bodies from East Cemetery can be found in Row 41 (Many of them double buried) at the Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery.

1) CHILDS, Josiah M. rank 3rd Lt. Co. G 23rd Mississippi Infantry (Captured at Fort Donelson, TN. Feb.16,1862) Died at Camp Chase
April 6, 1862

2) WHITE, Robert B. rank 3rd Lt. Co. H 14th Mississippi Infantry
(Captured at Fort Donelson, TN. Feb.16,1862) Died at Camp Chase
April 9,1862

3) TIPPS,Thomas J. rank 3rd Lt. Co. G 41st Tennessee Infantry
(Captured at Fort Donelson, TN. Feb.16, 1862) Died at Camp Chase
April 9,1862

4) THOMPSON, Albert rank Private Research still pending

5) BLACK, Leonidas rank 2nd Lt. Co. A 3rd Tennessee Infantry (Clack's) (Captured at Fort Donelson,TN. Feb.16,1862) Died at Camp Chase
April 24, 1862

6) WILLIS, James H. rank Captain Company C 51st Virginia Militia. (Captured at Fort Donelson, TN Feb. 16, 1862) Died at Camp Chase
May 3, 1862

7) MOONEY, Jacob rank Private Co. D 18th Louisiana Infantry
(Captured at Shiloh,TN. April 7, 1862) (Private Mooney had been sick since his capture and was transferred to the Camp Chase Hospital from Louisville, Ky) Died at Camp Chase
May 13, 1862

8) Osborn, William C. rank 1st Lt. Company B Jackson's Regiment Heavy Artillery (Captured at Fort Donelson,TN February 16, 1862) Died at Camp Chase
May 15, 1862

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10) McMURRAY, Robert C. rank 1st Lt. Co. F 53rd Tennessee Infantry (Captured at Fort Donelson, TN. Feb.16,1862) Died at Camp Chase
May 23, 1862
McMurray's body was removed from the grave prior to 1867 and before the re-interment of 1869.

11) RENNER, Issac rank Captain Co. D 51 Virginia Militia (Captured at Fort Donelson,TN. on February 16, 1862) Died at Camp Chase
May 26, 1862

12) ALLEN, John F. rank 2nd Lt. listed as Co. C and G of the 1st Alabama Infantry (Captured at Island Number 10 in Missouri on April 8, 1862) Died at Camp Chase
May 24, 1862

13) MONDAY, Thomas rank Private Co. K 9th Louisiana Infantry (Captured on April 11, 1862 at Huntsville,AL.) (See special story about men of Co. K 9th Louisiana) Died at Camp Chase
May 28, 1862

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15) Valentine, George The first true civilian or political prisoner buried at the East Cemetery. He was a citizen of Ritchie Co. VA (Now WV) Born about 1824 he had a wife and children and was arrested for being a "Hardcase" although no evidence has surfaced to support the claim. (See story about how the East Cemetery came to an end and where his body may now rest)
Died at Camp Chase
June 3, 1862

16) CUMMINS, John C. May have been J.W. Cummins of the 1st Tennessee Infantry (Fields) body was removed prior to 1867. There is a J.W. Cummins buried in Harrison Co. Ky. Notes say that he was a civilian from Harrison Co. Ky.

17) GRAVES, Samuel J. rank Private Co. K 9th Louisiana Infantry (Captured at Huntsville, AL., on April 11, 1862. Co. K 9th Louisiana was enroute  to join their regiment in Northern Virginia. They were on a train when General Osmby Mitchell suddenly occupied Huntsville, AL., in conjunction with plans of James J. Andrews who the next day would steal a train at Big Shanty, Ga. General Mitchell also authorized the building of Prison number 2 at Camp Chase a few weeks prior. After the Dix-Hill Cartel in 1862 when prisoners were exchanged Co. K rather than to join the 9th Louisiana because of distance joined the 12th Louisiana and from that time on was known as Company M2 of the 12th Louisiana Infantry. Andrews Raiders would become the first soldiers to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.) Private Graves died at Camp Chase on June 13, 1862