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Letter from William A. Pratt to James H. Skinner.

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Staunton Jany 15, 1872 To Col Jas H Skinner President Dear Sir On examination of the Confederate burying grounds I found 1st that up to March 3,1862 they they had been interred without any regular system On this date the sexton commenced with No.126 Row a rank 5 and continued it to 216 at which point he began that system which he recorded and acted on til the end of the war With much difficulty I have descyphered [deciphered] and written out 1077 names most of them with their Companies & Regiments, These may be found in the Index, numbered to agree with their red numbers in the Record, For example, say Wm. D. Ball Index 401, see Red number 401 in Record, and you will find him No. 1 Row 20 Rank 2 and can readily place your hand on his resting place either on the map or the ground. On this latter I beg to suggest a system of iron posts, numbered, with chains along the heads of the graves, with trap tags over each head, showing the number in the Row The cost of such a system would be as follows at Staunton prices Turn Over