From the Washington Daily National Republican, 5/3/1865, p. 2, c. 6

GIVING BURIAL TO THE DEAD. – For some days past details have been made from the colored troops, who have been sent out with intrenching tools, to the battlefields around Richmond, and employed in the burial of the Union dead lying there exposed for a year past. Several hundred skeletons were put under the sod upon the battle-grounds of Gaines’ Mill and Cold Harbor, and other battle-fields are being attended to in their turn.

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