On March 21, 1997, I visited Fredericksburg, VA as I had previously discovered that a McClenny family member had
been killed there during the Civil War. Not only did I find the one I was looking for - I found another as well!
A roster listing the known dead is available at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center located on
There is a Fredericksburg, Virginia City Cemetery and Confederate Cemetery located at the intersection of Amelia
Street and Washington Avenue.
The cemetery is
completely surrounded by a brick
wall and large steel gates. Six Confederate generals and more than 3,300 Southern
soldiers are buried here with 2,184 of them unknown.
Ladies Memorial Association, a group of Fredericksburg
women, purchased the land for a Confederate cemetery in
1867. They had soldiers re-interred in new locations
adjoining the Fredericksburg City Cemetery. As time
passed, headstones were supplied by various Southern
states to replace the original cedar posts.
statue of a Confederate soldier was erected in the middle of the
graves in 1884.
The cemetery has a unique layout in that there are four distinct sections laid
out in the design of the Confederate flag around the
monument. Many headstones can no longer be read, but
cemetery records indicated there were two McClenny's buried
Here is a picture of the cemetery layout, which
also shows the General's graves.
On my second visit to
cemetery my wife found the headstones for both McClenny family members.
I had searched for a couple of hours on my earlier visit and
was very frustrated, when I failed in my mission to capture
their gravesites in a picture, but now I have pictures of
both of them. Whoever laid out the cemetery did a beautiful
job, but their row 16 and my row 14, 15, 16, 17 or 18 would
not produce the tombstones I was searching for.
discovered that the rows of graves are
numbered from back to front
rather than front to back as I had expected. William Henry McClenney of Texas is buried in section 14, row 16.
Henry McClenny of Virginia is buried in section 12, row 16. He was born on 09-11-1841 and died on 05-06-1864 in the Battle of the Wilderness. He enlisted as a Private at Tanner's Crossroads in the 16th regiment, company B of
the Virginia Infantry.