Caretakers of one of Georgia’s oldest cemeteries say the scene was heart-breaking: A toddler’s bones were spilled on the ground. The uniform buried with a soldier in another plot was strewn on the ground.
Now, a reward of more than $2,000 is being offered for information on the desecration at the Old Church Cemetery, which dates to 1758 in the east Georgia countryside near Waynesboro.
Clothing buried with a soldier was removed, leaving his bones exposed, Burke County sheriff’s Sgt. Sean Cochran said.
Among the soldiers desecrated were those dating back to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and World War I, he said.
Relic hunting is a possible motive, he said, though authorities aren’t certain what the motivation was.
‘Most of the time when soldiers were buried, they were buried with their items to keep the enemy soldiers from getting them,’ Cochran said.
What a disgrace this is to our great heroes.
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Matt, My GG Grandfather carried the Florida Flag during the Civil War, even though I never believed in Slavery, I still love my ancestors. This is why this was called Brother against Brother war, this makes me so sad. many of my relations lived in this area. I pray these people are found, arrested and stopped from this destruction.
White, Christian, Republican gun owning men: 1) ended slavery; 2) gave women the right to vote and own property; and, 3) passed the Civil Rights acts. What do you want from us?