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Old May 9, 2011, 10:44 AM   #1
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A very sad kind of passing.

This was taken in the Confederate Cemetery, Fredericksburg, Virginia. While not a remarkable image technically, I am intrigued by the fact that at age 17, George Kelly had achieved the rank of Sergeant. I can only image what he experienced during his short life.

From the date of his death, he most likely fell at The Battle of Seven Pines.

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Are my eyes getting that bad or is it the pixelation of the pic?

I'm just as surprised by the excellent condition of the stone since it must have been around since 1862.

Interesting capture.
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Old May 9, 2011, 4:36 PM   #3
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Are my eyes getting that bad or is it the pixelation of the pic?

I'm just as surprised by the excellent condition of the stone since it must have been around since 1862.

Interesting capture.
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It's probably my feeble attempt at post processing and downsizing the image for attaching to this post.

The stone is a bit later than 1862. A women's group in Fredericksburg organized the effort to re-inter Confederate soldiers from various locations into this one place.

http://cemetery.communitypoint.org/


I'll try another edit to see if it's any better

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The second edit is so... much better. Thanks from my aging eyes.
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Old May 10, 2011, 6:47 AM   #5
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A very sad kind of passing.

This was taken in the Confederate Cemetery, Fredericksburg, Virginia. While not a remarkable image technically, I am intrigued by the fact that at age 17, George Kelly had achieved the rank of Sergeant. I can only image what he experienced during his short life.

From the date of his death, he most likely fell at The Battle of Seven Pines.

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It was not uncommon for boys this young to be of that rank during this conflict. Rank was not determined the way it is in today's military. At the time, it could have been awarded right after enlistment at the discretion of the CO. If you were a big, strapping lad that showed ANY leadership capacity, you were made corporal or sergeant. One extraordinary example that comes to mind is Elisha Rhodes. Enlisted at 19, by the time he was 20, he was sergeant major and before the end of the war was a full colonel!
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