I have a Civil War ancestor, Simeon F. Brown, who died of swamp fever in New Orleans while serving with the 12th Maine Infantry. I found a record of his burial in the Chalmette National Cemetery. There is also a gravestone for him in East Bethel, Maine. I'm curious where his body is located. Does anyone know how likely or unlikely it is that his body was removed from the Louisiana Cemetery and brought to Maine? What type of records would show this? I've attached the images for his interment in Louisiana and his grave in Maine. 

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Hi Pam,

        My thought is that he is buried in La. Unless they have records saying that his body was moved which they should have if he indeed was disinterred and brought home.  I have seen numerous stone in local cemeteries that are actually just memorial stones as the soldiers were usually buried near where they died.  Some bodies were returned home however.  Old newspapers might give you a clue also.  Did you check the index cards for Civil War burials from the Maine State Archives?  You can access these at www.familysearch.org  Also there might be information in his pension records if a family member applied for his benefits.  


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It is interesting to note that the Chalmette burial is a record of Simeon's second interment as he was originally buried in the Cypress Grove Cemetery.

To find the answer you desire, it may be worth some research through the cemetery records in East Bethel.

I suspect that you will find that his remains are in the Chalmettte National Cemetery.


Yes, I did notice that but didn't mention it so I could keep the post focused on whether his body was still in Louisiana (seems to be the consensus) or in Maine. I have a couple other documents relating to the transfer from Cypress Grove to Chalmette. That's interesting in it's own right. This is my first Civil War ancestor who died during the war. I have one who ruptured his kidneys at First Bull Run and another who lost an arm in the Battle of the Wilderness. 

Yes, he was buried in Cypress Grove in New Orleans, and then disinterred and moved to Chalmette when that cemetery was established in 1864. I've heard of bodies of soldiers being shipped home to Maine from military hospitals and battlefields in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, etc., but I don't recall hearing of anyone returned home from that far south.

Simeon's cenotaph in East Bethel is "white bronze" (actually zinc), and dates from between 1874 and 1912. It was probably erected after Harriett died in 1885.

He's probably still at Chalmette National Cemetery, I ran into a similar situation at the local cemetery here in Westbrook. The wife was burried here in Saccarappa Cemetery, and her husbands name and date of death is on the same stone, but there was no record of his burial. With some help from others, I found that her husband died at Gettysbug and is burried there. From what I've learned, this was a pretty comon practice. 






My third great grandfather, Morrill Benjamin Sanborn (31st Maine I Co) died on July 16, 1864 at the General Hospital at Natchez Mississippi.  According to his Civil War records he died of inflammation of the lungs AKA pneumonia.  According to the family bible his remains were never returned to Limington, Maine.  I searched the area cemeteries in and around Natchez, nothing.  Speaking to a historian of that area I was told most "Northern Boys" were laid to rest in various local fields, not in the Southern cemeteries.  On many occasions due to the number of daily deaths soldiers were laid to rest side by side in pre-dug ditches.  Private Sanborn was 40 years 10 months and left behind his wife Rhoda Nason Sanborn and seven children.  Sad. 


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