The Sons of Confederate Veterans is proposing an agreement that would allow its members to maintain the graves in the Confederate section and gradually to install upright headstones. The group also wants to upgrade the grounds, including the Soldier’s Monument and fencing.
The federally approved headstones would be the same size — 26 inches above ground — as the painted wood markers that stood from 1867 to 1887 before they deteriorated and were removed, said F. Lee Hart III, chairman of the Oakwood Restoration Committee of the group’s Virginia Division.
In 1901, the state put in the small, numbered markers in what was supposed to be a short-term measure to maintain records, he said.
04/10/2009 12:58 AM by John M