3rd Michigan burials update

In preparation for my upcoming presentation on the men of the Old 3rd for the Grand Rapids Civil War Roundtable in September, I've updated my burial data for those men interred in Kent County, Michigan.

Of the 1,4111 men enrolled in the regiment between 1861 and 1864: 

871 men survived to see 1866
680 buried in Michigan
208 buried in Kent County

Top four burial sites in Kent County (all in Grand Rapids):

42 in the Michigan Soldiers' Home Cemetery
36 in Oak Hill Cemetery (north and south)
20 in Fulton Cemetery
19 in Greenwood Cemetery

Fulton Cemetery

Fulton Cemetery

Burial sites for the men of the 3rd Michigan Infantry

The men of the Old 3rd Michigan Infantry died literally all over the United States and Canada. They are buried as far west as California and British Columbia, as far south as Key West, Florida and as far north as Montana and Maine:

Alabama 2
Arizona 1
Arkansas 2
California 22
Canada 4
Colorado 6
Connecticut 3
District of Columbia 34
Florida 3
Georgia 13 (11 at Andersonville) 
Iowa 4
Illinois 16
Indiana 7
Kansas 13
Kentucky 1
Louisiana 1
Maine 2
Maryland 8
Massachusetts 1
Michigan 683
Minnesota 4
Mississippi 1
Missouri 6
Montana 3
Nebraska 7
New Hampshire 1
New Jersey 2
New York 33
North Carolina 8 (5 in mass grave at Salisbury)
North Dakota 1
Ohio 24
Oklahoma 9
Oregon 11
Pennsylvania 39
Rhode Island 1
South Carolina 8
South Dakota 2
Tennessee 4
Texas 6
Utah 1
Virginia 195
Washington state 15
Wisconsin 20
Wyoming 1

The great majority are buried in Michigan and Virginia. In fact, at least 881 of men who served in the Old 3rd Michigan Infantry, or nearly 62% of the total enrolled, died and were buried in Virginia or Michigan.

Of the 683 men reportedly buried in Michigan, by far the largest number (208) are found in Kent County, and of that number 42 are buried in the “Michigan Soldiers’ Home” Cemetery in Grand Rapids.

The Michigan counties with the next highest number of burials are Ottawa (53), Ionia (50), Barry (38), Muskegon (28) and Newaygo (22).

Many of the 195 men buried in Virginia are probably interred in unknown graves scattered throughout the state, like so many thousands of soldiers.

For example, it is likely that of the estimated 35 men who died at Fair Oaks, Virginia, on May 31, 1862, all are interred in Seven Pines National Cemetery, although we know exact locations for only a fraction of that number. And the men who died at Groveton on August 29, 1862, their remains were reportedly brought to Arlington National Cemetery and interred in a mass grave very close to the Custis-Lee mansion.

The fact that so many men who died in prison camps remain "unknown" is well-established. However, it is also quite likely that several of the Old 3rd soldiers who returned to Michigan during the war and died at home today rest in unmarked graves. This is particularly true for Samuel Camp in Lamont, Ottawa County, Francis Barlow, Henry Kampe and William Gibson in Grand Rapids, as well as Chauncey Strickland.