The reason for my interest in this particular event was the capture of Sgt. Thomas J. Stephens of the 16/25 regiment. He was taken as a prisoner at Utoy Creek and taken to Camp Chase Prison in Columbus, Ohio. On our first annual Thanksgiving on November 24th 1864, Dr. Flowers with two others went to the Camp Chase Cemetery where Stephens had just died and stole his body and five others for the purpose of selling their cadavers to a medical college in Cleveland, Ohio for the purpose of disection. As of this date the United States Government has still NOT recongized Stephens and others save one Curtis Hooks for a tombstone at the Camp Chase Cemetery. This is to say that our government buried Confederate soldiers and civilians stole their bodies and the government never has dedicated a tombstone in the Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery run by the Dayton National Cemetery which is part of the National Cemetery Administration. The goverments answers have been varried and many including such statements that NOT enough room exists for four more tombstones! I have proof from the NARA in Washington DC that their bodies were indeed stolen etc.
I feel that any American who gave their lives in the horrific War deserves a tombstone and I do consider Confederates as Americans. We must always remember our soldiers who died both North and South both Black and White or Red. It would be like an American being found in Iraq 150 years from now and our government saying "well we don't have enough room to bring him or her back to America for burial." I am a military veteran myself and am disappointed at times over the lack of respect for our military dead.
Sorry to ramble so much, I pray you and all of our troops will come back safe and sound, pay attention to your surroundings, and thanks again for you duty. Respectfully Dennis