- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) - Federal officials will look into a North Carolina man’s claim that the wrong last name is on the gravestone of his Civil War ancestor buried in a New York cemetery.

The Star-Gazette of Elmira reports (https://stargaz.tt/1vAeFkz ) that a spokeswoman for the Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday the agency will contact Tom Fagart of Concord, North Carolina, to obtain more information.

Fagart told the newspaper that his great-great grandfather, Franklin Cauble, was mistakenly buried in Elmira’s Woodlawn National Cemetery under the name of Franklin Cooper, a fellow private in a North Carolina regiment. Both soldiers were at the Union’s prisoner of war camp in Elmira, where Cauble died in in 1864. Cooper was released after the war.

The VA said it typically doesn’t fix historic headstones unless they’re damaged or illegible.

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Information from: Star-Gazette, https://www.stargazette.com


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